Sevastova Shreds Sharapova, Stephens Awaits

04 September, 2017, 11:22 | Author: Douglas Reid
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Maria Sharapova described her return to Grand Slam center-stage after a 15-month doping ban as "a great ride" despite her US Open campaign ending in the fourth round Sunday. Maria Sharapova is one of the few lucky players guaranteed to battle it out under Arthur Ashe Stadium's retractable roof today as rain threatens to play havoc with the US Open schedule for a second day running. She owns seven Grand Slam titles, including two in NY in 2000 and 2001. Williams' coach said that Sharapova shouldn't have gotten a wildcard to come back.

However, Sevastova, who reached the quarter-finals in NY previous year, started the second set hitting the ball with more aggression and used her slice to clever effect to manoeuvre the Russian around the court.

This was the third time in her four matches that Sharapova went the distance and she faded down the stretch, while also dealing with a right hand that was treated and taped by a trainer in the final set. "It helped me a lot because I knew I could play well here".

Sharapova hadn't played in a major tournament since the Australian Open in January 2016, when she tested positive for the newly banned drug meldonium.

"I try to play smart", Sevastava said.

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But Sevastova proved a step too far as Sharapova, who is now ranked No146 in the world, racked up 51 unforced errors compared to her opponent's 14. "I have great respect for her", said the 26-year-old. It was an incredible opportunity. She'll face American Sloane Stephens in the quarterfinals, who has reached the round of eight for the first time after upsetting No. 30 Julia Goerges 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 earlier on Sunday. Just competing, you know, being in that competitive environment", Sharapova said, "that's what I missed. While Nadal had to recover from a set down for the second consecutive match, Federer, for the first time in his career had to endure back-to-back five setters in the first two rounds of a Grand Slam.

"I think putting out a schedule where the No. 5 in the world in playing on Court 5, fifth match on after 11 [p.m.], I think that is unacceptable", Wozniacki told reporters after losing her Round of 64 match Wednesday to Ekaterina Makarova.

The hyper Rafael Nadal burst into cries of 'Vamos!' and his player box joined in the celebrations like he had won a pretty big deal. First they controversially gave her a wild card. A tired backhand gave Sevastova the game and encouragement to believe this match was hers to lose. After a slow start, where she was taken to three sets by Slovakia's Viktoria Kuzmova, she has sailed into the fourth round. "I did feel like I was thinking a little bit too much and not playing by instinct". Sure, she received a controversial wild card and regal treatment at a US Open stripped of Serena Williams and a handful of ATP stars.

And Rublev kept up the pressure on Dimitrov before finally breaking him down 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-3.

"Obviously, I could never say, Oh, yeah, when I was coming back, I'm going to make two semifinals, a quarterfinal".

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