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Sharapova stumbles, Stephens soars

Scrutinized coaching change doesn't help Sharapova at Western & Southern

Originally Published: August 14, 2013
By Sandra Harwitt | Special to ESPN.com

CINCINNATI -- The new alliance between Maria Sharapova and coach Jimmy Connors had its much-awaited debut at the Western & Southern Open on Tuesday night.

Suffice it to say that the first showing didn't open to rave reviews, which canceled any notion of a second show being scheduled this week.

Sharapova went from a comfortable 6-2, 2-0 lead over Sloane Stephens -- which seemed to speak well for her initial few weeks under Connors' tutelage -- to becoming increasingly perplexed as ...

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