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Maria Sharapova goes from Winter Games to desert tennis
Maria Sharapova goes from Winter Games to desert tennis

She went back to where it all started, to the wall in Sochi. Maria Sharapova, out of boredom really, as a child began smacking a tennis ball while her father played his weekly game a few feet away. "My career started in Sochi," Sharapova said Wednesday, reviewing her trip home and to the Winter Olympics. "Every player starts somewhere. To be able to celebrate that after so many years was special." Sharapova, the defending champion, and other top women's seeds from the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden spent time with the media while others spent time on court on opening day. For Madison Keys, the young American, that time, brief as it might...

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