Sharapova still 'queen' of tennis - Russia's head coach (17:01 08/09/2010)
Former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova of Russia will always be the "queen" of tennis whether she wins or not, the head coach of the Russian national tennis team said on Wednesday.
Earlier this week, Sharapova failed to reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York after she suffered a straight sets defeat against Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki 3-6, 4-6.
"Sharapova is the queen of tennis, whether she wins or loses. She is the queen in everything. Wozniacki of course has more stability, but Sharapova looked more interesting," Vladimir Kamelzon said.
He said that Sharapova, who holds three Grand Slam titles including the 2006 U.S. Open, will definitely win one more in her tennis career.
"Everyone must learn from Maria, particularly the class of game, which she demonstrates. She is a unique athlete, ready to repeat her success and win a Grand Slam title once again," Kamelzon said.
Sharapova, 23, became an overnight tennis sensation at the age of 17 when she won Wimbledon in 2004, and quickly showed her business acumen by signing lucrative contracts with the global brands Canon, Motorola, Tiffany, Land Rover, and Colgate-Palmolive.
Last month Forbes magazine named Sharapova the world's highest-paid female athlete.
MOSCOW, September 8 (RIA Novosti)
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