Maria Sharapova unsure of Tokyo Olympics as she opens up on retirement plans

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 | 0

Maria Sharapova may be going through a rough patch this season, but the Russian tennis star is not keen on hanging up her racket anytime soon.

Sharapova, who holds a 5-4 record in 2018, has won just one title – Tianjin Open in October – ever since making her comeback in April last year after serving a 15-month doping ban.

“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.

“And when I say ‘on my own terms,’ so many questions are goal oriented. You start a season and it’s like ‘what’s your goal?’

Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam winner, added she’s willing to put in the extra yards to add more Major trophies to her cabinet.

“When you’ve experienced Grand Slam victories, it’s absolutely natural to have that goal in your mind.

“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.

“I’ve experienced it, and I know what it’s like and I want that feeling again. I continue to work for that.”

Sharapova, a silver medallist at 2012 London Olympics, revealed that she’s unsure of her participation at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

“I’d love to play in another Olympics, but I don’t know if that will happen and at this point in 2018,” she said.

Meanwhile, Sharapova is currently in Stuttgart for the Porsche Grand Prix, a WTA Premier event.

She is scheduled to face 6th seed Caroline Garcia of France first up on Tuesday.

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