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Maria Sharapova 'disappointed' by Wimbledon showing

Fourth seed Maria Sharapova claims that she 'expects' to win Grand Slam events, which makes crashing out of Wimbledon at the semi-final stage even harder to take.

Maria Sharapova has failed to hide her disappointment after missing out at the semi-final stage of Wimbledon.

The fourth seed fell 6-2 6-4 against Venus Williams this afternoon to extend her wait for a second crown at SW19.

Sharapova, who last went all the way at Wimbledon as a 17-year-old back in 2004, admits that due to the high standards she sets herself, simply reaching the final four of a Grand Slam for the 20th time is not good enough.

"I think for many others, maybe if I was British, a semi-final would be incredible," BBC Sport quotes the Russian as saying. "I'd be on the front page of the paper, I know that.

"But I expect myself to be a champion of these events, and it's disappointing to come out as a loser because I know my level can be there, and my level can be at the point of holding these championship trophies. I know that that's what keeps me going forward."

Williams will now face Garbine Muguruza in Saturday's showpiece final, after the Spaniard battled past Agnieszka Radwanska in three sets.


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