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Sharapova's comeback hits a wall

Updated: January 18, 2010, 1:43 AM ET
By Ravi Ubha, ESPN.com

For a while it looked like Maria Sharapova was going to do it again.

Never averse to pulling off comebacks, Sharapova trailed one of her good friends on the tour, the mentally suspect Maria Kirilenko, 5-2 in the third set in the opening match on Center Court at the Australian Open. Rain meant the roof was closed on Rod Laver Arena, as the usually steamy Aussie summer temporarily turned nasty.

Sharapova held in a nervy eighth game to draw closer, and order appeared restored when ...

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