Queen Maria eyes top spot

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

Wimbledon may have fallen, but it does not end there for the new star of women's tennis. Maria Sharapova wants the world.

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Wimbledon may have fallen, but it does not end there for the new star of women's tennis. Maria Sharapova wants the world. The 17 year old Siberian-born, Florida-trained champion admitted after her 6-1 6-4 demolition of Serena Williams that she had not expected success to come to her this early. But it's only a first step, she insisted. "I thought Wimbledon was just my dream to win, and, of course, my goal now is to be No.1 in the world." Yesterday's stunning triumph will hoist her further toward that ambition as she is projected to break into the top 10 in the world for the first time at No. 9. Ahead of her will be three compatriots, two Belgians, two Americans and a French woman, but close behind will be Serena and her older sister Venus. It's a tall order, but Sharapova is on the way up, healthy and possesses a gritty self confidence that belies her youthful age. Asked what was her greatest attribute as a player, she has no doubts. "Mental. I'm just a very tough person when I go on the court, and I really don't want to lose," she said. "Of course, it's not every time that you are going to win. But I'm that kind of person that just loves to win and I want to fight. Also I learn from my mistakes and I'll learn the next time." It is too early to talk of a Navratilova-type domination in the years to come, but there were distinct signs that the women's game could be taken up to new levels by the hard-serving, big-hitting teenager.(PTI)

Topics : Tennis
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