Win­ning Wim­ble­don pri­or­ity’

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MOSCOW

Rus­sian Maria Shara­pova will fo­cus on try­ing to win Wim­ble­don next year rather than at­tempt­ing to re­gain the world num­ber one rank­ing.

"Wim­ble­don will be my pri­or­ity next sea­son," Shara­pova, who fin­ished the year as world num­ber two be­hind Be­larus­sian Vic­to­ria Azarenka, told Reuters on Tues­day af­ter sign­ing a spon­sor­ship deal with elec­tron­ics man­u­fac­turer Sam­sung in Moscow.

"This year it was dif­fer­ent be­cause of the Olympics but if you ask me about my main goal for 2013, it def­i­nitely will be Wim­ble­don." Shara­pova made her break­through to the tennis elite by win­ning the 2004 Wim­ble­don ti­tle as a 17-yearold new­comer.

This year she won the French Open to com­plete a ca­reer grand slam and claimed the Olympic sil­ver medal in Lon­don.

The 25-year-old also said she was hop­ing to fi­nally end her win­less streak against Serena Wil­liams in 2013 af­ter los­ing to the Amer­i­can in all three of their matches this year, in­clud­ing two fi­nals, in the Olympics and at the WTA Cham­pi­onships on Sun­day.

"She plays a very phys­i­cal tennis and when she is in top form it's very dif­fi­cult to beat her but I will try to take my re­venge next year," said the Florid­abased Rus­sian.

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