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Rome - Maria Sharapova solidified her comeback to tennis on Monday as the former number one overcame a slow start to win her opening match at the Rome Masters, beating Christina McHale 6-4, 6-2.

The five-time Grand Slam winner went down a quick break in the first set before revving up to claim the opener while playing in her third event since last month's end of a 15-month doping ban.

“It felt slow and the conditions are quite different to Madrid,” the three-time Italian Open champion.

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