London: Maria Sharapova, the diva who electrifies the game both on and off the court, has revealed her motivation behind her successful track record.
It is eight long seasons since the 25-year-old professional tennis player, champion at the French and Italian opens recently and the new number 1, won her only Wimbledon.
The shrieking that accompanies every stroke is still a problem for the game, though. It is not easy controlling a free spirit who does things her way, including coming back from shoulder surgery that threatened her career.
“I never gave up hope that I would play at the highest level and become a champion again,” the Daily Express quoted her as saying.
“I always told myself I could become a better player and I was always prepared to put the work in because I love the game so much,” she said.
Every sport needs someone to showcase the game, and Sharapova is just number doing that.
“Why am I so driven? Maybe it’s because of the journey I have taken – leaving Russia to live and work in the USA. My parents set an example for hard work and commitment. I owe them for direction and encouragement,” she said.
“That is why, when I won the French and the Russian flag was raised and the anthem played, I was so emotional,” she added.