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Maria Sharapova has just completed a career Grand Slam of tennis, and will now be looking to add another prestigious title to her CV at the summer’s London Olympics.

The 25-year-old became only the sixth woman in the Open era to complete a career Grand Slam of wins, at the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open, when she beat Sara Errani at Roland Garros recently.

Sharapova has risen to world number one in the women’s tennis rankings, and has been picked to be Russia’s flag-bearer at the Olympics opening ceremony in London; indeed, she will be the only non-athlete to ever lead the nation into an Olympic arena.

The star, also famed for her modelling career, will be competing in her maiden Olympics, after failing to qualify in 2004, and missing the 2008 Beijing games due to injury.

With many on Betfair classing the Olympic tennis tournament as the fifth Grand Slam, Sharapova is dreaming of adding the title to her career haul, this summer.

“The Olympics has been a dream of mine since I was a young girl,” she stated. “Growing up in Russia, tennis wasn't a big sport back then. It was all about being an Olympian.”

The London Olympic tennis tournament takes place at the home of Wimbledon, the All England Club, and Sharapova could become the favourite, if she wins at SW19, in the coming weeks.

She was runner-up in the final, 12 months ago, but she has returned to the pinnacle of the game, and rediscovered her top form, meaning she stands a great chance of winning a second Wimbledon title, eight years after her first.

Serena Williams is the current favourite to claim gold at London 2012, according to the Betfair Tennis page.
 
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