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Returned Sharapova Rallies, Reaches Second Round

Maria Sharapova, on the comeback trail after a nine-month injury lay-off, stormed back to reach the second round of Roland Garros on Monday.

Published May 25, 2009 04:13

Returned Sharapova Rallies, Reaches Second Round
Maria Sharapova

PARIS, France - Maria Sharapova - who just came back to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour a week ago after missing nine months of action due to a nagging right shoulder injury - didn't look sharp in the first set but stormed back to reach the second round of Roland Garros on Monday with a 36 61 62 win over in-form Anastasiya Yakimova.

"I started pretty lousy. Even though I was up a break I wasn't doing the right things, and I was letting her play well. I was a little sloppy," Sharapova said. "But I totally changed it around. I started playing a lot more aggressively and the match changed after the first few games of the second set."

Last week Sharapova made her return to play in Warsaw, winning two rounds before falling to eventual finalist Alona Bondarenko in straight sets.

"This is the first time in my career where I can say I don't have expectations. I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow, how my shoulder is going to feel. Obviously I haven't played competitive matches in a long time. There were about three months where I didn't even pick up a tennis racquet. It was just bizarre.

"You sit back and you miss it. You want to be out there. From the hour you're in the locker room putting your dress on to the 15 minutes before the match when you're warming up, pumping yourself up and knowing you're going to go out there in front of 20,000 people. I certainly missed it."

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