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Despite her disappointing loss in the second round at Wimbledon, Maria Sharapova is poised to step things up a notch at the 2013 U.S. Open. “It’s my favorite place to play—the energy, the people in the crowds, the excitement. It’s one of the biggest stages for the tennis world,” the 26-year-old says. In the last month, the September SHAPE cover girl parted ways with long-time coach Thomas Hogstedt to work with legendary Jimmy Connors, and then severed ties with Connors as a coach after just one match, leaving her without a coach going into the U.S. Open.
With 29 WTA singles titles, four Grand Slam singles titles, a career Grand Slam, an Olympic silver medal, and more than $26 million in prize money on her resume, the blonde beauty with the signature scream-grunt is no stranger to success. “I have had lots of luck in my career but there has also been a lot of hard work,” she’s said. “You have your bad moments in your career and your good moments. And it's been a good ride so far, but it's not over yet.”
UPDATE: Maria Sharapova withdrew from the 2013 U.S. Open on Wednesday, August 21 because of bursitis in her right shoulder. We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to her return to Flushing Meadows next year.
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