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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Sharapova out to reclaim Wimbledon crown after 10-year wait

Eleanor Crooks

Published 09/06/2014 | 02:30

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Russia's Maria Sharapova poses with the trophy in front of the Eiffel Tower, one day after defeating Romania's Simona Halep in the women's final of the French Open tennis tournament in Paris
Russia's Maria Sharapova poses with the trophy in front of the Eiffel Tower, one day after defeating Romania's Simona Halep in the women's final of the French Open tennis tournament in Paris

Having got her hands on the French Open trophy for a second time, Maria Sharapova has set her sights on doing the same at Wimbledon.

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The Russian defeated Simona Halep in three sets – 6-4 6-7 6-4 – in a terrific three-hour final in Paris on Saturday to reclaim the title she won for the first time in 2012.

Sharapova (right) will now turn her attention to grass and clinching the title at SW19, 10 years after she stunned Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final as a 17-year-old.

At that stage it seemed inconceivable that the Russian big hitter would win more Grand Slam titles on clay than grass over the next decade.

Last year Sharapova joined the raft of big names tumbling out early, literally, when she fell three times during a second-round defeat against Michelle Larcher De Brito.

Sharapova said: "I'd love to win it again. It marked my career and I appreciate that moment so much. It came so unexpectedly yet 10 years later to be having five Grand Slams, to come back and still be playing and still have the energy and the passion to win more, that brings a lot of joy because I want to get better.

"I don't think that I've won it before because when you have the mentality that you've won it then it gets boring. You have to go out there hungry for more.

"Even though you always remember those incredible moments of holding that trophy, you've got to try to erase that from your mind because you've got to create new ones."

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