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From the torch to the tennis court

The Olympics provided Maria Sharapova with a memorable lead-up to Indian Wells

Updated: March 7, 2014, 3:56 PM ET
By Kamakshi Tandon | Special to ESPN.com

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Tennis players and the Winter Olympics usually don't mix. But Maria Sharapova found herself quite at home at the Sochi Games last month.

That's partly because Sochi was once Sharapova's home. It was the city where her parents fled to escape the damage of Chernobyl, and where she first began hitting tennis balls against a wall, starting a journey that would make her the highest-earning female athlete in the world. Sochi was what the 7-year-old Sharapova left to go ...

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