Maria Sharapova: 'It has been a good year for me'

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Maria Sharapova says that she has had a successful year despite failing to reach US Open final.

Maria Sharapova believes that she has had a successful year despite her failure to reach the final of the US Open.

The Russian tennis star lost her semi-final clash with world number one Victoria Azarenka 3-6 6-2 6-4 on Friday.

"I'll take the results I had this year," the 25-year-old is quoted as saying by Reuters.

"When I do think about it, I'm so lucky that I get to play this sport, that I love playing it still, and that I feel like I have a lot in me.

"I'm number three in the world right now and was back at number one, winning grand slams again, so it's certainly a great feeling."

Sharapova won the French Open this year and also reached the final of the Australian Open.

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