19 Mar 2013

Sharapova not aiming for number one

1:37 pm on 19 March 2013

Maria Sharapova has moved up to number two in the world women's tennis rankings after her win at Indian Wells but says she is motivated much more by grand slam glory than the prospect of regaining the top spot.

The Russian beat eighth-seeded Dane Caroline Wozniacki 6-2 6-2 in yesterday's final of the elite WTA event in California to land her 28th WTA title.

Sharapova says being number one is something she would want, but at this point in her career, titles and grand slams are just a bigger priority.

Four-times grand slam Sharapova is well accustomed to the allure of being viewed as the game's best player, having become the fifth youngest woman to reach the top of the world rankings, at the age of 18 in 2005.

For her to regain that top spot, however, she will have to overhaul American Serena Williams who, when fully fit and on her game, is virtually unbeatable in women's tennis.