Maria Sharapova plans to regain top spot in tennis rankings

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Maria Sharapova has her sights set high for her tennis ranking. The Russian professional tennis player is currently ranked number two in the world, but she says she doesn't expect that to last long.

"Obviously, the goal is always to shoot for top spot and that's always where you want to be and stay," Sharapova says, according to the Associated Press. "It's one thing to reach the No. 1 ranking, another to keep it."

She continues, "But what's most important and the main goal is to win as many matches as you can and then the rankings takes care of itself. To get to No. 1 the only thing to do is to work hard and you have to treat every match, no matter what it is, the same. That's what we all do."

Sharapova was first ranked number one in the world on Aug. 22, 2005, and earned that ranking for the firth time earlier this year on June 11. As of Nov. 26, however, she was ranked number two. Sharapova is currently in Milan, where she'll play with another former top-ranked tennis champion, Ana Ivanovic, against Italian athletes Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci in singles and doubles.

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