Maria Sharapova was waken up today to a number one on the WTA Rankings system.
Sharapova was on the phone Monday with her father Yuri Sharapov who congratulated her with being No. 1 in the WTA Rankings. He simply said "Good morning, champion." This morning Sharapova moved Lindsay Davenport to a number two, and claimed her number one status. Davenport held first row since October, but due to injuries were not as active as Sharapova on the court as a result lost her position. This of course not the only reason. Sharapova performance helped her a lot as well.
"This is something I've dreamed of all my life," Maria Sharapova said. "It's just an amazing fact to be number one in world.” She also maid pound statement that she is the only Russian women who achieved such a rank in its entire history. This is something she and her Russian compatriots must be proud about.
Since ranking was established in 1975, Sharapova is the fifteenth player who have done it and the only Russian to be No. 1. She is also the youngest at 18 among other five player in the history who achived it in such a young age. In fact her prodigy Steffi Graf who picked her out of many Russian children and who saw first potential of Maria was also 18 when she got into the same position.
Number One rank also means she'll be the top seed in the U.S. Open, which will start next Monday in New York City