Maria Sharapova not chasing world No.1

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Due to her aesthetically pleasing features and aggressive brand of tennis Maria Sharapova is the most recognisable sportswomen in the world, and due to her grunting she is also considered the most audible.

At times during matches, the decibel levels become uncomfortable, especially when the matches are close or when the Russian current world number two is under pressure.

Remembering the old coaching mantra "the way you practice is the way you play” is totally the opposite with Sharapova. While watching her practice it should be noted that there isn’t any excessive grunting.

Out despite win

At the WTA finals on day four Sharapova's grunting could not prevent her second loss at this year’s tournament. Petra Kvitova from the Czech Republic won the match 6-3, 6-2. Sharapova had beaten the Czech in all five previous matches.

In her final round robin match of the tournament Sharapova beat Aga Radwanska 7-5, 6-7, 6-2 but, to make the semi-finals, she had to triumph in straight sets.

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Sharapova said after the match that he priorities for next year will be to add more Grand Slam titles to her collection, rather than chase the No.1 ranking currently held by Serena Williams.

"I know I'm not moving forward, but I'm proud of that effort and to finish the year off on this way," Sharapova explained.

"I will not be chasing the number one ranking next season. I think adding more Grand Slams is the top priority."

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