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Sharapova and Serena prepare for 2017 return

The Russian and American stars of the women's game have had a troubling year for very different reasons but both aim to put that behind them. Nadal-Wawrinka live

Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova training.
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The return of some big hitters

Two of the biggest names in the WTA circuit are getting themselves ready for a return to the court in 2017. Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams, are back hitting balls as they prepare to get the new season started well.

As seen on their social media sites both women have rackets in hand and are working on fitness levels and sharpness as they look to make an impression on the rankings. In the case of the Russian, she will have to wait to make her competitive comeback until April after sanctions were imposed on her due to taking banned substance meldonium.

Ranking and records

The American star is hoping to reclaim her world number one ranking which is currently being held by Angelique Kerber. Another German will be in her sights too as she aims to stand alone in the record books of most Grand Slam titles in the women's game. Steffi Graf and Serena both have 22.

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