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Maria Sharapova's winning return

Published 1424 GMT (2224 HKT) December 30, 2013
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Maria Sharapova celebrates her comeback victory against Caroline Garcia of France during day two of the 2014 Brisbane International in Queensland. Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images
The Russian has been working with coach Sven Groeneveld since splitting with Jimmy Connors after one match last August, and recovering from a recurring shoulder problem. Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images
She is preparing for the Australian Open, which she won for the first and only time in 2008, beating Groeneveld's former charge Ana Ivanovic in the final. ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images/file
Sharapova will next face Queensland native Ashleigh Barty, after the 17-year-old upset Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia. Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images
Sharapova's boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov, who was runner-up in Brisbane last season, also won his opening match against Dutchman Robin Haase. PATRICK HAMILTON/AFP/Getty Images