Maria Sharapova: 'Olympic tennis is tough'

Sharapova: 'Olympic tennis is tough'
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Maria Sharapova speaks of her first Olympic experience and describes tennis as "one of the toughest events".

Maria Sharapova has spoken of her first Olympic experience and described the competition as "one of the toughest events".

The 25-year-old Russian claimed a silver medal in the women's singles by reaching the final by losing comprehensively to Serena Williams.

"This is my first Olympic experience. I mean, this is probably one of the toughest events, playing six matches in the span of eight days against tough competition," said Sharapova.

"It's such a unique experience for all of us. For me to be a first Olympian and to leave with a silver is an amazing accomplishment.

"Obviously it's always disappointing to lose in the finals, but it's great to get a medal, that's for sure."

Sharapova was chasing the 'Career Golden Slam' of winning all four Grand Slams and an Olympic gold, a feat in the end achieved by Williams because of her triumph.

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