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Sharapova happy away from spotlight

Originally Published: July 26, 2011
By Kamakshi Tandon | Special to ESPN.com

STANFORD, Calif. -- Ah, the hard-court summer. The concrete, the heat, the humidity, the long matches and the crammed, grinding schedule leading up to the U.S. Open at the end of August. Ready to go?

"That makes me want to go home," laughed Maria Sharapova, who is kicking off her U.S. Open Series campaign this week at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford.

But the feeling doesn't last long. Her recent appearances in the semifinals of the French Open and the final of Wimbledon ...

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