Sharapova seeks to retain Wimbledon title

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

The number two women's tennis player in the world, Maria Sharapova is only 18 but she already has a grand slam title to her credit.

Sharapova seeks to retain Wimbledon title

The number two women's tennis player in the world, Maria Sharapova is only 18. But she already has a grand slam title to her credit and with the grass court season beginning this week, the Russian looks a favourite to retain her title at Wimbledon later this month. "I appreciate every Grand Slam, but Wimbledon - it's really hard to explain, but it's just whenever you get there, there's that extra feeling in you that you really want to win it many more times, it means more to me," she said. "I'd love to win other Grand Slams, but if I could win Wimbledon ten times and the chance to win no others, I'd be happy." Problem on clay Justine Henin-Hardenne however, disagrees and says the French Open is her favourite. She has won two titles at Roland Garros this year and beat Sharapova in straight sets in the quarterfinals en route to the title. Sharapova knows she has a problem on clay and that its a surface she has never won a title on. "It was a totally different story, it was on clay, she's the best player on clay right now, and I had my chances, but mentally, I wasn't fighting too hard out there," said the Russian. Firmly grounded But Wimbledon will be different. Last years' win catapulted her to instant stardom and got her several lucrative contracts. A win this year will take her to world number one. But her feet are firmly planted on the ground. She juggles between modelling shoots, tennis tournament and even maths and sociology. She studies via the internet so that she can continue her studies and acquire a degree.

Topics : Tennis
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