Maria Sharapova Wins Her First Title in More Than Two Years


Maria Sharapova celebrating her victory against Aryna Sabalenka in the final of the Tianjin Open on Sunday.

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Maria Sharapova came from behind in each set to Aryna Sabalenka, 7-5, 7-6 (8), on Sunday to win the Tianjin Open, her first WTA title in more than two years.

Sharapova, a former No. 1 and a five-time Grand Slam champion, returned to the tour in April after a 15-month doping ban. She entered the tournament ranked 86th in the world.

“It is a special title, a special victory,” Sharapova told reporters after the match.

She started the stronger, breaking Sabalenka in her opening service game, but struggled on serve and…

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