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Maria Sharapova generates buzz in win

Updated: January 14, 2014, 1:13 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | espnW.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- You knew Maria Sharapova wasn't going to slip quietly back into women's tennis.

But aside from the trademark grunts that returned in all their full-blown glory to the Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday night, there was the buzz that Sharapova has always been able to generate.

Powering to a 4-0 start and an eventual 6-3, 6-4 victory against a formidable American opponent, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Sharapova looked barely ruffled by the heat that hung over ...

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