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Sharapova wins first US match since 2015

Maria Sharapova has won her opening round match at the Bank of the West Classic tennis tournament in Stanford, California.

Maria Sharapova played her first WTA match in the United States since 2015 and beat Jennifer Brady 6-1 4-6 6-0 in the opening round of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, California.


Sharapova, a wild-card entrant and five-time Grand Slam champion, won the opening four games of the match, lost the first three of the second set and cruised in the third.
the match, lost the first three of the second set and cruised in the third.

"I feel like I just want to hug everyone and say thank you," Sharapova said in an on-court interview. "It's my first match in the States in a really long time, and it's the closest thing to home for me."

Sharapova served a 15-month ban after testing positive for a newly-banned drug at the 2016 Australian Open. She returned in April and played in three tournaments, but missed Wimbledon because of an injury.

Top-seeded and reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza will play 17-year-old American Kayla Day, a 6-4 6-2 winner over Japanese veteran Misaki Doi.

Ana Konjuh, the No. 5 seed from Croatia, won 6-3, 1-0 after New Zealand qualifier Marina Erakovic retired from the match with an injury. Seventh-seeded Lesia Tsurenko beat Spain's Lara Arruabarrena 6-3, 6-3.


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