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Maria Sharapova stepped up her comeback after injury to claim the scalp of 11th seed Nadia Pedrova to reach the third round of the French Open in Paris on Wednesday. The former world number one had come into the second grand slam of the season with only two matches in a minor tournament in Poland under her belt, but surprised fellow Russian with a 6-2 1-6 8-6 victory.
Maria Sharapova’s return to competitive tennis came to an abrupt halt as she was beaten in the quarterfinals of the Warsaw Open by eighth seed Alona Bondarenko.