|The Fighter: Maria Sharapova|
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Maria Sharapova is a dogged fighter and determined competitor. She never gives up on any point and looks to chase down every ball.
Sharapova has followed a very carefully structured physical conditioning programme from a very young age.
As a result she is in fantastic condition and - importantly - she knows it.
Knowing she's in great shape gives her confidence during matches.
She uses her condition to intimidate her opponents, by chasing, hitting hard and being relentless in her efforts.
A big factor at the moment is the success of her fellow Russians.
It's much easier to be strong mentally if you can see other older players from similar backgrounds playing well and being successful.