After missing nearly 10 months of singles action with a shoulder injury, Sharapova returned May 18 at the Warsaw Open in Poland. She beat 68th-ranked Tathiana Garbin 6-1, 6-7 (6), 6-3 in her opening match. She later lost in the quarterfinals to Alona Bondarenko.
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Sharapova's return came a week before the start of the French Open, the only Grand Slam tournament she has not won. The 22-year-old Russian has won Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open once apiece.
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Because of her inactivity, Sharapova's ranking has plummeted to 126th. She was ranked No. 1 as late as last year.
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Sharapova had surgery for a torn right rotator cuff in October, causing her to miss the past two Grand Slam tournaments. She was unable to defend her title at the 2009 Australian Open; Serena Williams won the event to claim her 10th major championship.
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Of her long layoff from tennis, Sharapova told reporters: ''In these nine months, the only thing I've accomplished is probably a good pasta carbonara. At the end of the day, that's not my specialty.''
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Not surprisingly, Sharapova showed some rust as she launched her comeback in Poland. ''When you haven't been there, haven't done that in a while, it throws you off a little bit,'' she said of her difficulty in closing out her first-round match.
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