She took the tennis world by storm after winning Wimbledon as a 17-year-old in 2004, and there's no one more motivated than Maria Sharapova to reconquer SW19 in 2015.
WTA Staff

LONDON, England - A few weeks ago, Maria Sharapova fell to Lucie Safarova in the fourth round of the French Open, and given the circumstances - she had won the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen two of the last three years - it would have been completely understandable for her to be bummed out. But that's not her at all - she hasn't won five Grand Slam titles and gotten to No.1 by dwelling on the past.

No, Sharapova was focused on the future: the extended grass court lead-up, and Wimbledon.

"I think it's great. It's nice to have a little extra time," Sharapova said that day.

"I want to prepare myself and train and not think about where I will be in four weeks. As an athlete, we want to try to be at the highest level, but to get there you know what your formula is. On the clay this year I started getting that rhythm again by the time Rome came around. It was a little bit tough to keep that going in the last couple of weeks, but that's what it is. So now, I'll get back to the basics.

"With hard work, I know what I can do, and how I will feel. That's the most important thing, just to get healthy, to give myself a chance to prepare, and whether that means a warm-up tournament, or just getting extra days on the grass or training physically on it, then that's what it will end up being.

"But by the time Wimbledon comes around, I know that I will be ready."

It's the Grand Slam title she's most removed from. She won Wimbledon in 2004, and she's won all the others since - the US Open in 2006, Australian Open in 2008, French Open in 2012 and 2014.

But it's not like Sharapova would be the first player to win Wimbledon titles 11 years apart. Martina Navratilova won her nine Wimbledon titles in a 12-year span from 1978 to 1990, and if one of the Williams sisters lifts the Venus Rosewater Dish this year, they'll break the record for longest winning span at SW19 in the Open Era - Serena won her first Wimbledon 13 years ago, Venus 15 years ago.

And you never forget your first one - Sharapova recently reminisced about that fairytale run in 2004.

"Reflecting on that victory brings a lot of great memories," she said. "I've had my fair share of success and also some tough results here. It really jump started my career from a very young age, but I don't look back to that very often, because I treat every year and every tournament as a fresh new start.

"I try to make it a new beginning rather than looking at what happened years ago."