Sharapova battles into third round at US Open

01 September, 2017, 00:56 | Author: Douglas Reid
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She looked particularly nervous in the tiebreak, losing it 7-4, but ended up hitting 39 winners to 36 unforced errors.

"It was a scrappy match but every time I step on the court here it's a special day", said the 30-year-old five-time major victor.

"You sometimes wonder why you put in all the work and this is exactly why". "My game has continued to improve, I've learned to control the points, and I go into Friday's match with a lot of confidence". Paris declined the chance to hand her a free pass while NY laid out the red carpet. She was energetic even at rest, closing her eyes and bouncing her legs as she sat between sets.

"I've had an wonderful reaction from fans since I've been back and that's been very special", Sharapova said afterwards.

For her return to tennis, the star collaborated with fashion designer Riccardo Tisci and Nike, the sportswear brand which "suspended" her sponsorship contract previous year after news broke of the positive drug test. "It was so worth it". Williams won in straight sets but Sharapova bounced back in their next meeting, the 2004 Wimbledon final.

Maria Sharapova relied on her fighting qualities rather than top form to beat Hungary's Timea Babos at the US Open. It was her first match at one of the four major tournaments since the 2016 Australian Open, following a 15-month suspension after testing positive for a banned substance.

"But I felt fresh and I wanted to be the fittest player out there", she added.

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"I definitely feel the respect from the athletes", Sport24 quoted Sharapova as saying after her second round match.

Babos retrieved an early break in the second and then had two chances to open up a 4-2 lead. Under much different conditions than Monday's evening session against No. 2 Simona Halep, Sharapova faced a scrappy, erratic hitter in Timea Babos on Wednesday afternoon. The Russian held to 5-3 and served for the match, escaping a break point when Halep netted a forehand.

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But Kenin said she is still looking forward to the challenge of facing Sharapova, her childhood idol.

"It's prime time baby", she said.

Sixth Seed Angelique Kerber faces Japan's Naomi Osaka.

In the men's part, Zverev, whose five ATP titles this year include a win over Roger Federer in this month's Montreal final, fell to 61st-ranked Croatian Borna Coric 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (4).

Past US Open champions advancing included Venus Williams and Marin Cilic into the third round, and Juan Martin del Potro and Svetlana Kuznetsova - who saved three match points - into the second.

"I've had a diabolical year at the Slams", Kyrgios said.

"I think the way that I played Monday night", Sharapova said, "I don't think there are any more questions". I knew she had a hard first match here so I used that as confidence.

"I knew it was going to be a tough match from the get-go".

CiCi Bellis of the United States was serving for the match at 5-3 in the third set but lost to Nao Hibino of Japan 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.

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