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Maria Sharapova in disarray

Updated: August 22, 2013, 2:50 PM ET
By Kamakshi Tandon | ESPN.com

What's a good mystery without a surprise ending?

Maria Sharapova's withdrawal from the US Open on Wednesday evening was unexpected, with the former champion announcing that she was pulling out with shoulder bursitis. But in some ways it was also the culmination of a bizarre summer that had already left her coming into the event with just one match played in preparation, a coach short and -- for a few hours, anyway -- possibly not even with the same name.

The tale began ...

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