Sharapova eyes more grand slam glory
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[April 24, 2018]
(Reuters) - Maria Sharapova will
not settle for lower-tier titles after making her comeback last year
and the former world number one is determined to add to her five
grand slam crowns.
The 31-year-old Russian returned from a 15-month doping ban at the
Stuttgart Grand Prix last April and Sharapova has since won one
title, the Tianjin Open, after inconsistent performances and injury
She is back in Stuttgart this year and plays Caroline Garcia in the
first round later on Tuesday.
"When you've experienced grand slam victories, it's absolutely
natural to have that goal in your mind," Sharapova told CNN.
"It would be silly for me to say my goal for this year is to win a
lower-tier tournament because I strive to be on the big stage and to
win on the big stage.
"I've experienced it, and I know what it's like and I want that
feeling again. I continue to work for that."
Sharapova, who won her last grand slam title at the 2014 French
Open, has no plans to retire.
"I haven't set a time table for myself, but I've always said that I
would do it on my own terms... " she said.
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Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates winning against Tatjana Maria
of Germany. REUTERS/Issei Kato
"I'd love to play in another Olympics, but I don't know if that will
happen and at this point in 2018, I don't really want to know. I
want to keep going and I want to keep working and see where that
(Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)
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