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Sharapova eyes Wimbledon repeat

By Sarah Taylor

Maria Sharapova
Sharapova won Wimbledon, her first Grand Slam, in 2004 (Getty)

Maria Sharapova says she is determined to emulate the success she had in winning Wimbledon in 2004.

The 21-year-old told BBC London 94.9: "I feel like I won it so long ago. I really want to re-live that moment again, it's such a thrill winning.

"It came so unexpectedly and it's been years now and I'm so looking forward to hopefully getting the chance of holding up that trophy again."

The Russian superstar already has three Grand Slams under her belt.

In 2004 at the tender age of 17 she became the second youngest Wimbledon champion in the Open era.

You put all that work in and you just never know when it's going to pay off

Maria Sharapova

Sharapova added: "It was the first Grand Slam I won and ever since I was a junior I was such a big fan of the tournament. I love the tradition of it and I love the fact that they're just real big fans of tennis.

"Sometimes words just can't describe it because I won it at a really unexpected stage of my career where I didn't really think that I was physically or mentally ready to win a Grand Slam, especially Wimbledon at that point.

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"These thoughts go through your mind, what brought me here, was it the sacrifice, the hard work. What actually made it happen today. You know it's amazing, you put all that work in and you just never know when it's going to pay off."

Sharapova added to her Grand Slam trophy cabinet in 2006, where she won the US Open and earlier this year she won the Australian Open.



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