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Sharapova targets another Olympics outing

ESPN staff
February 5, 2014
Maria Sharapova spent the early part of her childhood in Sochi © Getty Images

Maria Sharapova has revealed she would like to compete at another Olympics after arriving in Sochi ahead of the Winter Games in her home country.

Sharapova, who was speaking at a Samsung promotional event in the Olympic Park, admitted she will be rooting for Russia during the Games, despite living in Florida and speaking with an American accent.

But with the Winter Olympics in Russia, Sharapova says the summer Games is an event she wants to be a part of once again, having clinched a silver medal at London 2012 when losing to Serena Williams in the fight for gold on Wimbledon's Centre Court.

"I would like another Olympic experience. London was incredible," Sharapova said.

Sharapova returned to the place where she lived as a young girl before she moved to America to focus on tennis, and courtesy of sponsors Nike took part in re-opening her newly refurbished hometown court in Riviera Park.

"This is where I started playing my sport so that is the most meaningful thing for me," Sharapova said on Sochi.

"It's so special and meaningful for me to have these Winter Games in Sochi, somewhere I spent five, six years of my childhood, where I created so many memories.

"When I heard that the Olympics would be here I was so happy because I would hope that people would finally know about this city. Because I always believed it was special and unique and I hoped that the rest of the world would finally see that."

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