Sharapova inspired by Serena to get back to top

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding In battle against sly SMB guards, Ravena gives himself a failing grade Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES “Yeah, that definitely inspires me, absolutely.”Sharapova, one of the highest earners in women’s sport, suffered a string of early defeats after her comeback last April for taking performance-enhancing meldonium but has been working her way back up the rankings since.“I think there are a lot of things that I need to get better at and improve on. But looking at the overall picture, the first thing is that I’m healthy,” a clearly disappointed Sharapova told reporters.“That, to me, is a big thing because I’ll be back on the practice court, I’m not starting from zero.”It was Sharapova’s second Grand Slam appearance since her doping ban. ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting In her first at the US Open last year, as a wildcard she was beaten in the fourth round by Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova.But she turned the tables against the Melbourne Park 14th seed two days ago winning 6-1 7-6 (7/4).“There’s a lot to build from,” said Sharapova. “It’s a lot of things that take time. To be able to get these matches, players that are playing this well, I’m going to face a lot of them this year. I’ll have to bring it.“Today was not enough.” “I’m here because I’m motivated to get better at my craft. I really do believe that I can otherwise I wouldn’t be here,” said the five-time Grand Slam champion after losing 6-1, 6-3 in 64 minutes.“I definitely take great examples of a Federer or a Nadal or a Serena and Venus that have continued to have the motivation that they do at this age,” said Sharapova who turns 31 in April.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s not just walking through a Grand Slam tunnel and getting on court. “There’s so much more to it. I have a lot of admiration for that because I know what goes into creating those moments and getting to that stage. Russia’s Maria Sharapova gestures as she questions a line call during her third round match against Germany’s Angelique Kerber at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)Maria Sharapova says she is inspired by the likes of thirtysomethings Serena Williams and Roger Federer to get back to the top after her doping ban.The Russian, back in the top 50 after 15 months on the sidelines, had her progress at the Australian Open ruthlessly snuffed out by 2016 champion Angelique Kerber in the third round Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img

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