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WTA Rome - Sharapova is Rome champion

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by Prakash

Former world no. 1 Maria Sharapova enlisted herself as one of the favourites in a wide-open women's draw at Roland Garros next week with a straight sets win over Australian Sam Stosur in the final of the Italian Open.

Sharapova won 6-2, 6-4 for her first title in nearly a year and also beat world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the semis. The Russian has never won the French OPen, the only Slam missing from her resume and has struggled since returning from shoulder surgery in 2008 but showed her old form as she hit powerful winners to overcome the Aussie - one of the most successful clay courters in the women's tour in the last few years..

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