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• Video: Highlights from Christian Harrison’s 7-6 (4), 6-1 win over 127th-ranked Steve Johnson at the Tallahassee Challenger on Tuesday. It was the biggest win of the 18-year-old’s career. Harrison is ranked No. 378.
• Peter Bodo looks into The Mysterious Case of Maria Sharapova: Clay stalwart.
A number of elements probably are at work in this radical makeover, starting with one that may not be so obvious. Sharapova was obliged to undergo shoulder surgery and miss ten months ending in May 2009. She has four major titles, but the only one she’s won since that lengthy hiatus was the French Open, in 2012.
I get the feeling that Sharapova consciously or unwittingly hit the “reset” button on her career during all that time off. She certainly returned to tennis with (quite naturally) greater maturity, an undiminished work ethic, a measure of doubt and anxiety that must have enhanced her determination, and perhaps even a new appreciation for chance to play professional tennis. All this suggests that she’s learned a thing or two about patience—and is there a greater virtue when it comes to doing the dirty work than getting good on clay?