Maria Sharapova stuns Simona Halep in emotional US Open return

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Maria Sharapova needed three sets to down second seed Simona Halep in the first round of the US Open on Monday. (REUTERS)

Maria Sharapova needed three sets to down second seed Simona Halep in the first round of the US Open on Monday. (REUTERS)

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In her first Grand Slam match since returning from her doping ban, Sharapova started well against Halep, going on to win the opening set 6-4. (AFP)

In her first Grand Slam match since returning from her doping ban, Sharapova started well against Halep, going on to win the opening set 6-4. (AFP)

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Halep bounced back, winning the second set 6-4. (USA Today Sports)

Halep bounced back, winning the second set 6-4. (USA Today Sports)

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Sharapova, however, came back strongly in the deciding set. (REUTERS)

Sharapova, however, came back strongly in the deciding set. (REUTERS)

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The Russian tennis ace won 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. (USA Today Sports)

The Russian tennis ace won 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. (USA Today Sports)

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With her defeat, Halep is out of the reckoning for the world no 1 spot for now. (USA Today Sports)

With her defeat, Halep is out of the reckoning for the world no 1 spot for now. (USA Today Sports)

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Sharapova said after the match that she is ‘not going anywhere’. (USA Today Sports)

Sharapova said after the match that she is ‘not going anywhere’. (USA Today Sports)

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Sharapova will now face Timea Babos in the second round. (AFP)

Sharapova will now face Timea Babos in the second round. (AFP)

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