Wimbledon victory a priority for 2013, Sharapova says

  • Russian Maria Sharapova has said she will focus on trying to win Wimbledon next year rather than attempting to regain the world number one ranking.

    "Wimbledon will be my priority next season," Sharapova, who finished the year as world number two behind Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka, told Reuters news agency on Tuesday after signing a sponsorship deal with electronics maker Samsung in Moscow.

    "This year it was different because of the Olympics but if you ask me about my main goal for 2013, it definitely will be Wimbledon."

    Sharapova broke through the top ranks in 2004 by winning the Wimbledon title as a 17-year-old newcomer.

    This year, the 25-year-old won the French Open to complete a career grand slam and secured the Olympic silver medal in London.