With world number one Justine Henin of Belgium surprise announcement Wednesday that she would
retire effective immediately and her request to the WTA Tour that she be removed from the WTA Tour rankings, Sharapova will automatically
move from her current ranking of two to one when the new rankings are released Monday.
"The ranking has never been a big deal for me," Sharapova said Wednesday. "Whether I'm number one or five, my main goal is just to keep
winning tennis matches and the ranking will take care of itself if I keep winning."
Sharapova began the year in fine fashion, taking her third career grand slam title in January at the Australian Open.
Since then she has
also won titles at Qatar and Amelia Island while also competing in Fed Cup for her native Russia in order to secure her place on
this summer's Russian Olympic team.
Sharapova today at 1:45pm CST USA (8:45pm Rome time) in the quarterfinals of Rome meets Patty Schnyder in the last of four women's