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Sharapova wins easy in Melbourne return

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) It wasn't Maria Sharapova's choice to miss the last Australian Open. That decision was taken out of her hands because of a doping ban following a failed test on her previous visit to Melbourne Park.

The five-time major champion said it was her choice to return, though, and she relished every moment of it in Tuesday's 6-1, 6-4 victory over Tatjana Maria.

"With that choice I know that I face difficulties and challenges on the court, and that I start from no ranking and that I might start on some outside courts, and I understand that and that's part of the process," said Sharapova, who was a contentious choice to represent the women's champions last week at the official draw.

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2018 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 R. Nadal 10,600
2 R. Federer 9,605
3 G. Dimitrov 4,990
4 A. Zverev 4,610
5 D. Thiem 4,060
6 M. Cilic 3,805
7 D. Goffin 3,775
8 S. Wawrinka 3,060
9 J. Sock 2,960
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2 C. Wozniacki 6,095
3 G. Muguruza 6,050
4 E. Svitolina 5,785
5 V. Williams 5,568
6 K. Pliskova 5,445
7 J. Ostapenko 4,901
8 C. Garcia 4,385
9 C. Vandeweghe 3,204
10 J. Konta 3,185
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