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Sharapova loses in return after absence

Updated: March 12, 2009, 11:28 PM ET
Reuters

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova marked her return to tennis after seven months out with injury with a doubles match at the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday.

The Russian teamed up with compatriot Elena Vesnina in a 6-1, 4-6, 10-7 loss to Ekaterina Makarova of Russia and Belarussian Tatiana Poutchek in the first round.

Sharapova said she was just glad to be back.

"It feels pretty good, it's pretty amazing," the 24-year-old said. "I came here and just wanted ...

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