For Maria Sharapova, winning seven matches in a Grand Slam is tougher than the past as she has to recover physically. The Russian player is yet to reach a quarter-final in Major since when she got a 15-month doping ban in 2016, but speaking after her loss to Ashleigh Barty the 31-year-old said she still dreams to win her sixth Grand Slam title one day.
"I think it would be tough for me to be doing all the work and putting in all the effort if I didn't really believe that. I think I'd be kidding myself", Sharapova said. Analyzing how her Australian Open run was, Sharapova added: "I thought I did a few things well this week.
There is a lot of improvements to do. I still, as I said, still have to take care of the shoulder. You know, I need to serve better. That comes obviously, stems from the shoulder. That's an important aspect of this year. I'll be looking to do everything in order to keep it healthy."