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Maria Sharapova finally awakens

Updated: May 26, 2011, 8:58 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

PARIS -- OK, let's review:

At the end of January, four-time French Open champion Justine Henin retired -- for the second time. Serena Williams, who won the title here in 2002, hasn't played in nearly a year. World No. 2 Kim Clijsters came into this year's event at Roland Garros without having played a match on clay.

The result? One of the widest-open women's tournaments in years. And then on Thursday, Clijsters went down to a Dutch player few had ever heard of. Suddenly -- shades ...

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