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Sharapova says she's ready for Mexican Open

Sharapova says she's ready for Mexican Open

Posted by Juan Gavasa on February 23, 2015

Russia's Maria Sharapova, the world No. 2, said ahead of the start of the Mexican Open in this Pacific resort city that she wanted to be the No. 1 women's player again.

"My goals and my dreams for this year: I would love to return to No. 1, I dream of winning lots of matches and, if I can't, to improve, develop as a person and as a player," Sharapova told Efe.

"Being No. 1 is a goal for every top player and it's also my goal," Sharapova said.

The 27-year-old Russian has been No. 1 five times - in August 2005, for the first time; again in September of that year; in January 2007; in May 2008; and in June 2012.

Sharapova has 8,210 points in the current WTA rankings, trailing American Serena Williams, who has 9,592 points and beat the Russian in the Australian Open final last month.

The five-time Grand Slam winner said she did not feel any pressure to win in Acapulco, where she is playing for the first time.

"I'm excited to have started the year, it's my first tournament planned for my fans in Mexico and I am going to enjoy my match," Sharapova said.

Sharapova said she and her boyfriend, Bulgarian world No. 10 Grigor Dimitrov, the defending men's champion in Acapulco, spent some time in the summer of 2014 in Los Cabos, Baja California.

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