Maria Sharapova has revealed that she has no intention of moving from the top spot, despite the rise in talent at this years Open.
The Russian proved that although she may be quite a few years older than the emerging stars she has still got what it takes to defeat the hopefuls. She successfully beat 20-year-old Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 4-6, 7-6, 6-2, to secure a spot in the final against Simona Halep in Saturday’s final.
Speaking of the future stars she said: “I got a chance to play against two of them in this tournament, and both played at a very high level.
“I think that shows many good things to come from the young generation.”
However, although these talented players are a pleasant breath of fresh air on the courts this is all they seem to be, as they find themselves unable to defeat the current top spot holders.
Sharapova knows what its like more than anybody to be the underdog at a major grand slam when she entered her first one back in 2004 facing Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final at the tender age of 17.
Proving she had what it takes to be a grand slam champion she managed to make the unthinkable happen by beating the American sister.
She later said: “Do I want to give them the chance to go further in the tournament? Absolutely not. “
“But not because I want to prove something to show them that they’re not the next generation. They’re playing great tennis.”
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