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Sharapova aims to shoulder Wimbledon burden

After her defeat to Ivanovic, Sharapova said she was looking forward to returning to the faster grasscourts which suit her more than the slow clay of Paris.

sports Updated: Jun 08, 2007 12:29 IST

Maria Sharapova will put her French Open mauling behind her to concentrate on reclaiming the Wimbledon title she won in 2004.

The world number two Russian suffered a shock 6-2, 6-1 Roland Garros semi-final defeat to Serbia's Ana Ivanovic but insisted she was looking forward to returning to the faster grasscourts which suit her more than the slow clay of Paris where she described her movement as being like 'a cow on ice'.

However, the shoulder injury which caused so much disruption to her French Open build-up is still a concern.

"I have to keep it under control. Every day is going to be different, there are going to be some tough matches and I might have to rest more on the days in between," said Sharapova.

"I think I have done a good job of monitoring it."

Worries over the injury mean she has yet to decide whether or not to play in Birmingham later this month, one of the traditional warm-up events for Wimbledon.

But she is counting on her affection for the All England Club to help ease the misery of her semi-final defeat here which still leaves the French Open as the only Grand Slam tournament where she has yet to reach the final.

"I can't even say how happy I am when this time of year comes round. I always think at the beginning of the year that I hope I am healthy for Wimbledon," said the world number two.

"It's a special place in my career and in my heart."