You know we love Maria Sharapova, so we were quite happy to see she won her first round matchup against Anastasiya Yakimova in the French Open yesterday. A first round win in the tournament usually wouldn't be a big deal for Maria, as she was of course ranked #1 in the world at one point last year. However, she hadn't played in a match at a major tournament since Wimbledon last June due to a right shoulder injury that required surgery, so it was a pretty meaningful win for the 22-year-old Thigh Goddess.
Here's some of an AP write-up on the victory:
Sharapova's tennis is not yet back to her lofty standards, as one might expect after shoulder surgery in October and four singles matches in the past 10 months. The 64th-ranked Anastasiya Yakimova of Belarus is not the sort of opponent who would normally trouble a top-of-her-game Sharapova, yet there was trouble Monday.
Still, a win is a win, and Sharapova's first match at a major tournament in nearly a year ended with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Yakimova and a spot in the French Open's second round. It will take more than that performance for Sharapova to erase the uncertainty that comes with such a long layoff.
"This is the first time in my career where I can really say I don't have any expectations," the three-time major champion said. "I don't know how things are going to work out. I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow, how my shoulder is going to feel."
As you see there, she's understandably just excited to get a nice win, and that the shoulder wasn't an issue. She's ranked 102th in the world and is unseeded at the tournament, so anymore wins at Roland Garros should just be considered a bonus. Can the thigh magic carry her to greater things sooner than most anticipate? We hope so.
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