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Maria Sharapova wins her first title since drug ban

Maria Sharapova has won her first title since her controversial drug ban.

Maria Sharapova has won her first title since her controversial drug ban. Photo: Getty

Maria Sharapova has clinched her first WTA title since returning from a drugs ban after beating Aryna Sabalenka to win the Tianjin Open.

The five-time grand slam champion, a tournament wildcard, overcame Belarusian teenager Sabalenka 7-5 7-6 (10-8) in a straight-sets victory on Sunday.

Sharapova, who made her comeback in April, is celebrating her first title since she won the Italian Open in May, 2015.

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