A reason to watch: Maria Sharapova

U.S. tennis fans should be grateful for her return to relevancy at Wimbledon

Originally Published: July 2, 2011
By LZ Granderson | ESPN.com

She waited through shoulder surgery in the summer of 2008. Through the ensuing layoff that lasted until spring of 2009. And through 1,001 grunts, screams and cries of "Come on!" It's taken her awhile, but Maria Sharapova has finally battled her way back to Grand Slam relevancy.

And thank goodness.

Not just for her. For us, too.

Sharapova lost the Wimbledon final to Petra Kvitova, but nonetheless, without her, the casual tennis fan in this country ...

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