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Maria Sharapova makes winning return at Stanford Classic vs Jennifer Brady

Maria Sharapova, in action on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tour for the first time since May, beat Jennifer Brady 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 in the first round of the Stanford Classic

tennis Updated: Aug 01, 2017 16:41 IST
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Maria Sharapova serves against Jennifer Brady during day 1 of the Bank of the Stanford Classic Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tournament on Monday.
Maria Sharapova serves against Jennifer Brady during day 1 of the Bank of the Stanford Classic Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tournament on Monday. (AFP)

Maria Sharapova made a solid return from injury, getting through her opening match at the Stanford Classic on Monday.

The Russian, in action for the first time since since May, was too good for American Jennifer Brady 6-1 4-6 6-0 at the WTA Premier event.

Sharapova, who made her return from a doping ban in April, was handed a wildcard into the tournament and needed two hours, two minutes to get past Brady in Stanford.

After breaking serve four times in the opening set, Sharapova – the 2010 runner-up – quickly fell behind 3-0 in the second, and while the five-time grand slam champion recovered briefly, Brady forced a decider.

But Sharapova took control once more in the third set, breaking three times to advance.

Meanwhile, seeds Ana Konjuh and Lesia Tsurenko were comfortable in the first round.

Konjuh held a 6-3 1-0 lead over Marina Erakovic when the qualifier from New Zealand retired.

Tsurenko made it three straight-sets wins from as many meetings with Lara Arruabarrena courtesy of a 6-3 6-3 victory and the Ukrainian will face Sharapova.

Talented American Kayla Day, 17, cruised past Misaki Doi 6-4 6-2 and Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva was too good for qualifier Danielle Lao 6-4 6-3.