Some people think Maria Sharapova's retirement from tennis is closer but the Russian player doesn't agree. Speaking in a press conference in Cincinnati, the former world No. 1 said: "I still love very much what I do.
I think beneath everything is I believe in what I do and I believe in my ability. You have to love it. I have been doing it for way too long to not love it, to continue to have that motivation behind what I do and the work, and, you know, all the work that goes on before you get to the court or after you get off the court."
Sharapova also analyzed her run in Cincinnati: "Just coming off of them, feeling quite good body-wise. I mean, I think it's really easy to take that for granted because it's a sport, as I said before, so result-oriented.
You know, I have sat in this chair a few times where I haven't finished the match or I feel like I have a long road ahead of me in terms of recovery with the body, so, yeah, that's a positive. But there's definitely the repetition, just the feeling of being in a match.
It's very different." On the success of her compatriots Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev, Sharapova concluded: "It's exciting. I think there is definitely a hole in that part of our sport in terms of the men after Marat and Kafelnikov, so it's nice seeing the youngsters doing really well."