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Sharapova, Jankovic ready to duel

Updated: June 4, 2013, 4:56 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

PARIS -- Despite what Yuri Sharapov might say, tennis champions are made, not born.

"Well," said Maria Sharapova on Monday, "he's my father. He thinks I can beat Rafael Nadal on clay."

Sharapova's journey began in earnest at the age of 6, when she attended a clinic in Moscow, run by 18-time Grand Slam singles champion Martina Navratilova. Maria was a tiny slip of a thing with a huge mop of blonde hair and an adult racket that looked ridiculous in her small hands -- until she ...

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