5 February 2014 Last updated at 15:11

Sochi 2014: Maria Sharapova's hopes for Olympic venue

22nd Winter Olympics

  • Venue: Sochi, Russia
  • Date: 6-23 February

Coverage: Live on BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website, Connected TVs, mobiles, BBC Sport app and Radio 5 live

Tennis star Maria Sharapova tells BBC Sport's Nick Hope it is "surreal" to see the transformation of the Winter Olympics host city Sochi, her home town.

The 26-year-old - who has won four grand slam titles, including Wimbledon in 2004 - was speaking at the opening of Samsung's Galaxy Studio in the Sochi Olympic park.

She says the Black Sea resort "is a beautiful venue for all the athletes" and has "some of the best slopes in the world".