June 17, 2009 / 6:52 PM / 10 years ago

Sharapova models fashion days before Wimbledon

Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates after winning her match against Li Na of China at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris May 31, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

LONDON (Reuters) - Tennis was the last thing on former champion Maria Sharapova’s mind just five days before Wimbledon — the Russian refused to do anything but pose in the window of a luxury department store Wednesday.

Wearing a white v-necked jumpsuit and a pair of brown high heels at the central London store, the 22-year-old smiled but declined to discuss her upcoming matches at the All England Club.

Sharapova, who has won three grand-slam titles, returned to singles play last month after a nine-month layoff with a shoulder injury. She participated at the Warsaw Open before reaching the Roland Garros quarter-finals.

“Why not,” Sharapova told Reuters in a television interview earlier this month of her prospects for winning another Wimbledon title. “I think if it wasn’t a possibility I probably wouldn’t be playing.”

Sharapova, who won at Wimbledon in 2004, last year was eliminated in the second round by compatriot Alla Kudryavtseva, who was at the time ranked 154th in the world.

Wimbledon runs from June 22 to July 5.

Reporting by Catherine Bosley; Editing by Sonia Oxley

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