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Maria Sharapova wins Toray Pan Pacific Open

It was Sharapova’s first win since Amelia Island in April 2008. From AP-

It was her first tennis triumph since April 200Maria Sharapova won her first tournament since returning from a 10-month injury layoff when Jelena Jankovic retired because of an arm injury in the first set of the Toray Pan Pacific final Saturday.SPORTS-US-TENNIS-WOMEN-TOKYO

Sharapova was up 5-2 at Ariake Colosseum when the seventh-seeded Serb took a timeout to have her right arm examined by the trainer. Jankovic returned to the court and lost the first two points of the eighth game before retiring.

“It’s disappointing,” said Sharapova, who had arthroscopic surgery to repair a rotator cuff in her right shoulder nearly a year ago. “It’s toward the end of the year and there are a lot of injuries so I wish Jelena a speedy recovery.”

Sharapova seems to like playing in Japan. She also won this tournament in 2006 and won the Tokyo Open in 2003.

This win makes it look hopeful for Sharapova returning to her pre rotator cuff surgery form.

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