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Maria Sharapova looked simply unstoppable during her Roland Garros winning campaign last month, but she could not maintain the same momentum and intensity at Wimbledon. And, the World No. 1 was knocked out by spirited German Sabine Lisicki. Sharapova managed to reclaim her No. 1 ranking after winning the 2012 French Open title, but after her Wimbledon loss – there is an apparent threat to her top ranking now.
Amidst present scenario everything depends on the performances of world No 2 Victoria Azarenka and No 3 Agnieska Radwanska at Wimbledon. Obviously, if any of these two manage to win the title then Sharapova will lose her No. 1 ranking – by a big margin in points.
Sharapova, who created history by winning the Wimbledon title at the age of 17, had to wait for four-years to reclaim the No. 1 ranking. Though, things are looking a bit bleak for Sharapova, she affirmed her conviction to stay on top by producing fine performances in the forthcoming tournaments.
"You can only use this loss as motivation. Of course you want to stay at the top as long as you can. Obviously everyone guns for that spot," Sharapova said. She further added that "Once I relax a little bit, I'm sure to use this as great motivation and keep going after the many goals I have. I'm really proud of what I've achieved. As tough as it is to sit here after a loss, you always try to take away as many positives as you can. What I achieved a few weeks ago doesn't just go away in a few minutes. I'll have that for the rest of my career. The tennis world always keeps going. You have to raise your level at that point, even when your opponent plays really great tennis. But it will be nice to rest for a little bit and be in a home atmosphere. I've missed it for over two months."
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