Russia's Maria Sharapova plays against Netherlands' Kiki Bertens during their WTA Madrid Open quarter-final tennis match at the Caja Magica in Madrid on May 10, 2018. / AFP / JAVIER SORIANO
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Maria Sharapova's battle to rediscover her best form continued to be an uphill one as she came up short against Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens in the Madrid Open quarter-finals Thursday.Despite a strong start 2014 Madrid champion Sharapova wilted under the powerful hitting from unseeded Bertens, losing 4-6 6-2 6-3 .Sharapova looks unlikely to be seeded on her return to the French Open where she has won the title twice.Last year organizers declined to give her a wildcard after she returned from a 15-month doping ban for testing positive for heart drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.She has managed only one title since returning and split with long-time coach Sven Groeneveld after losing in the first round at Indian Wells in March.
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