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Sharapova: Men should play three sets

ESPN staff
March 7, 2014
Maria Sharapova: "Five setters are extremely tough on the body" © Getty Images

Maria Sharapova believes men's grand slam matches should be played over three sets instead of five to make them more "exciting".

Speaking to BBC Sport ahead of this week's Indian Wells tournament, Sharapova also claimed such a move, which would see the men's game echo the women's game, would add years to careers.

"It would be more exciting from the beginning of the match because you know that first set is extremely important," said Sharapova.

"When you are watching a three-out-of-five-set match, the first set sometimes doesn't mean too much.

"Five-setters are extremely tough on the body. Men have expressed a lot of concern, especially to the matches that last five hours, in terms of recovery."

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