Sharapova the veteran among women at Wimbledon

Wimbledon: Once a teen sensation, Maria Sharapova is the elder stateswoman at Wimbledon this year.

At 24, the Russian is the oldest of the women`s semifinalists at the All England Club, and by far the most experienced. Being the veteran is new for Sharapova, who was just 17 when she won her only Wimbledon title in 2004.

The other three semifinalists — Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova and Sabine Lisicki — are all 21 and have no Grand Slam finals among them.

Sharapova says the three-year age difference doesn`t make that much difference. She thinks if she`d won her first Grand Slam when she was older, she wouldn`t be considered such a veteran among the group.

Bureau Report