Sharapova, who won Wimbledon in 2004, says she loves everything about the world's most famous tennis tournament. "It's just such a special event for all tennis players around the world, " she said. " It all comes down to the tennis when you're here, the tradition, the fans. It's all about you and your opponent where as at other grand slams it's all about everything else that goes on around. So it's a really special feeling when you're walking out onto centre court without any introductions and you just hear applause from the fans because I really think they respect the two athletes going out and facing each other."
Sharapova, who beat Serena Williams in that 2004 final, looks forward to facing her old rival, winner of the French Open earlier this month.
This time Sharapova was on the receiving end of a 6-4 6-4 defeat. " I love creating opportunities and playing against her, 2 she said. " She is the best in the sport right now, she's had the best results in the past year. As a competitor you always want to play against the best and that's why I always look forward to not only getting to the stage of playing against her but also changing things around to beat her."
The Russian was appearing at an event to launch her confectionary range aLondon department store. She appears happy to add another string to her bow. " Obviously because of my success on the court and I've been fortunate to have the opportunity to start my own business, " she said.. " I wanted to do something with candy because its so unexpected and so unique. I've had a sweet tooth for many years, ever since I was a young girl and I thought this would be a fun opportunity."
The 2013 Wimbledon Championships begin on Monday June 24.