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Sharapova's rally falls short

Updated: January 18, 2010, 2:37 PM ET
Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia -- With one former women's No. 1 making an early exit and the current one not playing until Tuesday, it was just as well that Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin came back to give the Australian Open some first-day luster on a rainy, dreary day at Melbourne Park.

Former top-ranked Maria Sharapova was a surprise 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4 loser Monday to fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko.

U.S. Open champion Clijsters, also a former No. 1 and making a return to the Australian Open ...

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