Paris - Maria Sharapova warned her rivals she will be ready for a crack at
finally winning a second Wimbledon title as she shrugged off the
disappointment of an early exit from the French Open on Monday.
Russian second seed was beaten in Paris at the fourth-round stage on
Monday, losing 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 to Lucie Safarova, the 13th seed from the
The defeat ended Sharapova's run of three
successive final appearances at Roland Garros, where she won in 2012 and
again last year but lost to Serena Williams in 2013.
early elimination will give her more time to rest and recuperate before
action at the All England Club gets underway on June 29.
first time this year there will be three weeks in between Roland Garros
and Wimbledon to allow players more time to acclimatise to the grass, a
change that was widely supported by those within the game.
think it's great. I think it's nice to have a little extra time. I don't
know what everyone will be doing, including myself, so I guess we'll
see," said Sharapova.
The Russian has not yet decided whether she
will participate in any of the Wimbledon warm-up events at Nottingham,
Den Bosch, Eastbourne or Birmingham.
She won the latter back in
2004 before going on to win her only Wimbledon title to date, with her
only appearance in the final in SW19 since then coming in 2011, when she
lost to Petra Kvitova.
"I want to prepare myself and train and not think about where I will be in four weeks," added the 28-year-old.
"I think as an athlete, we want to try to be at the highest level, but to get there you know what your formula is.
know, I started getting that rhythm again by the time Rome came around.
It was a little bit tough to keep that going in the last couple of
weeks, but that's what it is.
"Then I'll get back to the basics. I know that with work I know what I can do and I know how I will feel.
the most important thing, just to get healthy, to give myself a chance
to prepare, and whether that means a warmup tournament or just getting
extra days on the grass or getting extra time to just train physically,
then that's what it will be.
"But by the time Wimbledon comes around, I know that I will be ready."
warming up for the French Open by winning the title in Rome, Sharapova
came through the first three rounds in Paris without dropping a set
despite struggling to shake off the effects of a cold.
But she produced an erratic performance against Safarova on Court Philippe Chatrier.
asked if the illness had finally caught up, she added: "I don't like to
talk about it, and I don't think it really makes a difference.
still a competitor no matter what. You know, I'm going to do everything
in order to go out and give it my best, and I think I did the best I
"Today it wasn't enough, because my opponent had a
different gear than I did. But I was still there and I still competed,
but it wasn't enough."