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TENNIS: Maria Sharapova loses first match under coach Jimmy Connors

Published:Wednesday | August 14, 2013 | 1:42 PM

World number three Maria Sharapova made 62 unforced errors as she lost her first match since hiring Jimmy Connors as her coach.

Sloane Stephens beat the former champion 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

The 26-year-old was making her return to tennis seven weeks after her last match, a shock early Wimbledon defeat.

Andy Murray on the other hand responded to last week's early exit in Montreal with a thumping win over Russian Mikhail Youzhny in the second round of the Cincinnati Open.

Murray, given a bye in round one as the second seed, lost to Ernests Gulbis five days ago but had few problems in seeing off Youzhny 6-2m 6-3.

He will play Frenchman Julien Benneteau in the last 16 tomorrow.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are potential semi-final opponents, with Novak Djokovic in the opposite half.


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