Struggling Maria Sharapova craving return to big stage

Maria Sharapova has dismissed talk of retirement and said she craves the big stage once again. 

The Russian has recently returned from a doping ban and has found it tough to rediscover any real rhythm, with her results drastically suffering as a result.

However, despite her struggles for form, Sharapova says that the possibility of retirement isn’t on her mind, and she’s actually targeting more Grand Slam success.

“I didn’t put any expectations on myself coming back after the suspension,” she told CNN.

“When you’ve experienced grand slam victories, it’s absolutely natural to have that goal in your mind.

“It would be silly for me to say my goal for this year is to win a lower-tier tournament because I strive to be on the big stage and to win on the big stage.

“I’ve experienced it, and I know what it’s like and I want that feeling again. I continue to work for that.”