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Hawaii Tennis Open loses big names Maria Sharapova and Kei Nishikori, but the show goes on

Dave Reardon
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                                Maria Sharapova bowed out of the Hawaii Open on Thursday, saying she needs more time to prepare for elite-level tennis.
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Maria Sharapova bowed out of the Hawaii Open on Thursday, saying she needs more time to prepare for elite-level tennis.

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                                Alyssa Tobita, Angelique Kerber, Danielle Collins, Taylor Fritz and Kei Nishikori answered questions at a news conference for the Hawaii Open on Thursday.
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Alyssa Tobita, Angelique Kerber, Danielle Collins, Taylor Fritz and Kei Nishikori answered questions at a news conference for the Hawaii Open on Thursday.

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                                Members of the Stan Sheriff crew joined a section of the Premier Court tennis playing surface for the Hawaii Tennis Open on Thursday.
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Members of the Stan Sheriff crew joined a section of the Premier Court tennis playing surface for the Hawaii Tennis Open on Thursday.

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Maria Sharapova bowed out of the Hawaii Open on Thursday, saying she needs more time to prepare for elite-level tennis.
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Alyssa Tobita, Angelique Kerber, Danielle Collins, Taylor Fritz and Kei Nishikori answered questions at a news conference for the Hawaii Open on Thursday.
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Members of the Stan Sheriff crew joined a section of the Premier Court tennis playing surface for the Hawaii Tennis Open on Thursday.