Sharapova back to winning ways

Maria Sharapova displays her Pan Pacific Open spoils after defeating Jelena Jankovic. AFP

It was Sharapova's first title since shoulder surgery last October and the 20th of her career. Her last tournament win came at Amelia Island in April 2008.

The Russian was leading 5-2 when seventh seed Jankovic complained of shooting pains down her right arm and called for the trainer to tape up her wrist at the changeover.
The Serb managed just two more points after a medical timeout before throwing in the towel.

"These things happen but I'll certainly take it," Sharapova told reporters after the final, her second of the year after a runner-up finish in Toronto in August.

"It's great to have that adrenaline again," added the three-times grand slam winner, set to break into the world's top 20 after coming into the $2 million Tokyo event ranked 25th.
"It's funny to win trophies again after thinking I might never be able to hit a tennis ball again. But I'm back and I'm hungry. I can be better than before and win more grand slams."

Troicki in final

Holder and top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was dumped out of the Thailand Open after suffering a 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 semifinal defeat by in-form Serbian Viktor Troicki on Saturday.
Troicki was the deserved winner and will meet second seed Gilles Simon, whose 6-4, 7-6 win over Austrian Juergen Melzer earned him a place in his first final of the year.

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