The 5th major

The lure of gold and sacred grass has made London a must-play

Updated: April 9, 2012, 10:35 AM ET
By Lindsay Berra | ESPN The Magazine

WHILE WATCHING THE 1992 OLYPMICS from her home in Sochi, Russia, a 5-year-old Maria Sharapova took to doing pirouettes around her garage and dreaming of one thing: being a rhythmic gymnast. Although she was already playing tennis, the sport had yet to gain a foothold at the Games. It wasn't until Sochi's Yevgeny Kafelnikov won gold in Sydney in 2000 that her Olympic dreams began to change. "That was my first clear vision of tennis as part of the Olympics," Sharapova says. "Watching ...

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