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Sharapova, Venus looking to rebound after protracted time off

The Italian Open will witness the returns of Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams. But are they ready to tackle a stacked field?

Originally Published: May 11, 2008
By Ravi Ubha | Special to ESPN.com

Tournament: Italian Open Surface: Clay Draw: 64 Prize money: $1.34 million Top seeds: Ana Ivanovic, Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Jelena Jankovic

One out, two in at the Italian Open.

Justine Henin, seemingly mentally drained, bailed following an early loss to eventual champion Dinara Safina last week at the German Open, while Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams return.

Organizers must be hoping for some semblance of normality: Henin, Serena ...

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