LONDON: Maria Sharapova admits representing Russia in the Olympics at Wimbledon next month will be a dream come true.
Sharapova summed up the feelings of a host of top Wimbledon stars including Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Roger Federer, who are all thrilled to have the chance to play for a gold medal at the All England Club. The grasscourt Grand Slam event, which starts at the All England Club on Monday, will be followed by the Games just three weeks later as Olympic tennis returns for the first time since 1908.
Sharapova just enjoyed one of the greatest moments of her career as she won her first French Open title to complete a career Grand Slam. She also enjoyed an unforgettable moment at Wimbledon in 2004 when, aged 17, she announced her arrival on the scene by beating Serena Williams in the final. But even those glorious memories will pale in comparison to carrying the flag at the Games opening ceremony and then taking part in the Games themselves for the first time.