STANFORD, CA, USA
Maria Sharapova made a successful comeback from injury at the Bank of the West Classic, outlasting American Jennifer Brady, 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 to reach the second round in Stanford.
"I feel like I just want to hug everyone and say thank you," Sharapova told Andrew Krasny during her on-court interview. "It's my first match in the States in a really long time and it's the closest thing to home for me. The welcome has been incredible and finally playing so close to home was really special."