Maria Sharapova says she wants to win a Grand Slam again

Paola Ditto
Aprile 24, 2018

More injuries slowed the Russian down during the summer hard-court stretch, but she made a major statement at the U.S. Open by knocking off number-two seed Simona Halep in the first round and advancing to the last 16.

It's been one year since Maria Sharapova made her return to competition in 2017 at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix after a 15-month drug-related suspension.

However, she insisted that winning a Grand Slam is her goal.

The past year has had its share of ups and downs for the three-time Stuttgart champion, who returns to the tournament this week against Caroline Garcia, the No. 6 seed.

"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".

Indeed, Sharapova says that the greatest thrill of her life has been succeeding in sport at the highest level.

Sharapova got her nose in front in the decider but Garcia once again clawed her way back into the contest and after breaking again, she secured a fine win.

"I haven't set a time table for myself, but I've always said that I would do it on my own terms", the 31-year-old told CNN in an exclusive interview. "I continue to work for that".

"I felt the best today and for sure it was not her best match but that was not much to do with me", Pliskova said.

"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".

Garcia will next take on Ukrainian qualifier Marta Kostyuk who scored a 6-4, 6-1 defeat of Antonia Lottner.

World number six Karolina Pliskova also advanced with a 6-2 6-2 win over Kiki Bertens while Magdalena Rybarikova dumped out Russia's Daria Kasatkina 6-2 6-2. "The serve was good and I got a lot of free points, my shots were working - there was no problem from my side today".

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