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Sharapova loses in return from injury

/ 09:59 AM August 14, 2013

Maria Sharapova. AP FILE PHOTO

CINCINNATI – American Sloane Stephens spoiled Maria Sharapova’s return from injury on Tuesday, upsetting the third seed 2-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 in Cincinnati.

Russia’s Sharapova, a four-time Grand Slam champion, tumbled out of the second round of this combined WTA and ATP Masters hardcourt tournament, her first since a shock second-round exit at Wimbledon.

Sharapova had since been sidelined by a hip injury that has delayed her preparations for the US Open, the final Grand Slam of the year.

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Sharapova’s new coach, US great Jimmy Connors, could only watch in dismay as Stephens rallied to beat his charge, who had enjoyed a first-round bye.

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