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Sharapova makes stylish return to New York

MARIA Sharapova made a stylish return to the US Open when she walloped Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova 6-3 6-0 to reach the second round yesterday.
Wearing a black outfit criss-crossed with silver strapping, which she described as being "inspired by the architecture of New York," the 2006 champion was in sparkling form under floodlights and gave Pironkova a dressing down in 73 minutes.
The Russian, who is working her way back into top form after taking nine months out with a shoulder injury, won seven games in a row to book a second-round encounter with either American wildcard Christina McHale or Slovenia's Polona Hercog.
"It's a privilege to play here and I'm excited to be playing any match after being gone for a year," Sharapova, seeded 29th, told the crowd on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
"When you hear all the cheering, when you step on court, you realise what you really miss."


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