Maria Sharapova setting sights on Wimbledon success

The Russian got the better of Simona Halep in Saturday’s showpiece final, claiming her second Roland Garros crown to go with her Wimbledon, US and Australian Open triumphs.

Sharapova’s victory at the All England club came in 2004, with a final appearance three years ago the closest that she has come to winning the prestigious tournament since then.

Two weeks ahead of her return to the grass courts of Wimbledon, where Sharapova won her maiden grand slam title, the world number eight spoke of her fond memories of that triumph 10 years ago.

“I’d love to win it again,” she said. “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 and I want to win more.

“I think my results have been up and down in the last few years based on a few things. I’ve been to a final again, I’ve been to a couple of semi-finals, but obviously the goal is to win it again.

“I don’t care what my results were in the past. You start from a clean slate, that’s how I go into a grand slam.

“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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