Maria Sharapova’s comeback to the WTA Tour was cut short by Lucie Safarova.  The leggy Russian was ousted in two sets 6-4, 6-3.  Sharapova will now head for Strasbourg.

“It’s a struggle trying to find the rhythm,” a philosophical Sharapova, who was playing her first tournament since pulling out of the Sony Ericsson Open in March with an elbow injury, told a news conference.

There is a lot of work for Sharapova to do if she wants to be considered a serious contender for the French Open.

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova in Madrid