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Sharapova loses to Bondarenko in Warsaw

WARSAW (Reuters) - Former world number one Maria Sharapova was beaten 6-2 6-2 by Ukraine’s Alona Bondarenko in the quarter-finals of the Warsaw Open on Thursday.

Maria Sharapova of Russia falls on the clay during her quarterfinal match against Ukraine's Alona Bondarenko during the WTA Warsaw Open at Legia tennis courts in Warsaw May 21, 2009. REUTERS/Adam Nurkiewicz

Sharapova was making her comeback at the tournament after a shoulder injury had prevented her playing singles since last August, although she made a brief return to competition in the doubles at Indian Wells in March, losing in the first round.

Russian Sharapova was pleased with her progress in Warsaw and told a news conference she would play in the French Open which starts on Sunday.

“This was a best preparation I could have,” the 22-year-old said. “I gave myself a chance to play in a tournament here and now I will go out and play again next week.

“I have no expectations for the French Open, this is not a time in my career to have expectations,” she added.

Eighth seed Bondarenko was in control throughout the match, breaking Sharapova’s second serve early in the first set.

In the second, the Bondarenko won five straight games as three times grand slam champion Sharapova lost several to love.

“I have played her (Sharapova) twice before her injury and I thought the match would be harder,” Bondarenko told a news conference. “She makes more mistakes than before the injury... her serve was a little slower.”

(Reporting by Patryk Wasilewski)

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