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Sharapova's Return Could Be Well-Needed Injection Of Star Power For Women's Tennis

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 28 / 17

The sport of tennis right now needs Maria Sharapova "almost as badly as she needs tennis," as the women’s game is "desperately seeking an injection of star power," according to Gaurav Kalra of the ECONOMIC TIMES. Serena Williams "won’t play for the rest of the year as she is pregnant," a...

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