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Sharapova, sidelined by shoulder injury, expected to return for Aussie Open

Updated: November 25, 2008, 3:05 PM ET
Associated Press

Maria Sharapova expects to be back on the WTA tour at the start of 2009 and defend her Australian Open title after being sidelined since July with an injured right shoulder.

Sharapova's agent, Max Eisenbud, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she is "on track" to return to action at the Jan. 7-10 exhibition in Hong Kong that she usually enters.

The three-time Grand Slam title winner then plans to head to the Australian Open, which begins Jan. 19 in Melbourne.

"She's doing ...

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