After four long months away, Maria Sharapova made her return to competition on Tuesday. The Russian beat Viktoria Kuzmova, 7-6 (8), 6-0 at the Mallorca Open.
First match in a few months. First win on grass since 15’. I don’t usually get my phone out until I’m finished with my cool down ( only to write to mama ????) but this deserves a selfie ????????????♀️ pic.twitter.com/YARbPdRb3Z— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) June 18, 2019
As usual, fans were excited to see what she would wear.
And as usual, she didn't disappoint in a new asymmetrical black and blue Nike dress—which also comes in a Wimbledon-friendly white.
¡Buen debut para Maria Sharapova en el WTA de Mallorca!— ESPN Tenis (@ESPNtenis) June 18, 2019
La ex N°1 derrotó 7-6 (8) y 6-0 a Kuzmova para avanzar a la segunda ronda, donde enfrentará a Kerber o a Bonaventure. ???????? pic.twitter.com/FR3VBbe6cL
The 32-year-old added one rather unusual accessory for her return, a nose strip.
It's the former world No. 1's first win since beating Daria Gavrilova in St. Petersburg in January, and her first win on grass since reaching the Wimbledon semifinals in 2015. She'll play top seed Angelique Kerber next.