Sharapova wants number one spot

01 December 2012 15:16:34 UK

Maria Sharapova is keen to climb back to top of world rankings following a successful 2013, putting behind her a tough few years.

The 25-year-old won her fourth career Grand Slam this year, with victory in the French Open at Roland Garros and looks back to her best after suffering from various injuries.

It's one thing to reach the number one ranking, another to keep it.

Maria Sharapova

The Russian star was briefly at number one following this year's success in Paris, but finished the season behind Victoria Azarenka.

Sharapova, who is based in Florida these days, knows that the journey back to number one will be an arduous one but is determined to achieve the goal.

She has given herself the target and clearly wants to make her mark on female tennis by ruling the roost.

"Obviously the goal is always to shoot for top spot and that's always where you want to be and stay," she said.
"It's one thing to reach the number one ranking, another to keep it.

"But what's most important and the main goal is to win as many matches as you can and then the rankings takes care of itself.

"To get to number one the only thing to do is to work hard and you have to treat every match, no matter what it is, the same. That's what we all do."

Her first big challenge will the Australian Open in January - a tournament she won in 2008 - where she is 8/1 to win in Melbourne.

The current world number one, Azarenka, is 3/1 to claim the Aussie Open.

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