Her run to Sunday’s final ensured she will supplant Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka as World No 2 behind Serena Williams.
Sharapova said: “No 1 is a great number. Is it something that all of us want? Absolutely. No doubt. It’s a no-brainer question. But at this point in my career, titles and Grand Slams are a bigger priority.”
The Russian won a career Slam with the 2012 French Open, when she also briefly became World No 1 for the first time since 2008.
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