It is fair to say that the women's singles French Open final was one of the most exciting finals that we have had for sometime, with Maria Sharapova finally coming out on top, beating Simona Halep 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-4, to claim her fifth Grand Slam title. The thrilling encounter will no doubt have taken a lot out of the champion but she is already focussed on her next challenge.
Maria Sharapova could be forgiven for wanting to have a huge celebration after winning the French Open but she says she is already looking ahead to Wimbledon, where she won her first Grand Slam title 10 years ago. With that said though, Maria insists that she does not get hung up on past successes and will go into the tournament with a clean slate.
Sharapova explained, "Wimbledon is right around the corner, and that's what I'll be working for. I don't care what my results were in the past. You start from a clean slate. That's how I go into a Grand Slam. I don't think that I've won it before, because when you have the mentality that you've won it, then it gets boring."
She added, "You have to go out there hungry and want to compete for more. Even though you always remember those incredible moments of holding that trophy, you got to try to erase that from your mind, because you got to create new ones."
Maria Sharapova will have to up her game if she wants to win at Wimbledon this Summer because, although she won the French Open title, she was no where near her best, serving 12 double faults in the match. Lets hope we see Maria Sharapova back to her best at Wimbledon 2014.