US Open 2017: Sharapova Defeats Timea Babos To Reach Third Round

Sharapova Claims First Victory In US Open

That label is making some people uneasy.

The 2006 champion given a wildcard into the tournament as her 146 ranking was not high enough to get into the main draw due to her 15-month doping suspension.

"Towards the end of the second set, I felt like I was the fresher player".

Sharapova didn't play the cleanest match in the second round, but she did win 51 percent of her return points and broke eight times. Several top men, including Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, never arrived, citing injuries. However, Sharapova has been too sharp overall this tournament to bet against.

Some of her competitors, however, could do without her. However, Kenin has to be stronger with her serve to have a chance in this contest.

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After Rafael Nadal's win on Ashe earlier in the day, he complained about how noisy it is with the roof closed. Open champion and recent world No. 1. "But for me it was for sure not the best day and not the best match".

But Sharapova is here, and she does not appear ready to be an easy out.

"That behind this black dress with Swarovski crystals this girl has a lot of grit and she is not going anywhere", Sharapova said. Bouchard dubbed Sharapova a "cheater" in one spring interview and leveled Sharapova, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, on court when they squared with each other in Madrid. Sharapova could be so far inside her bubble that she doesn't see that.

"Look, I certainly have expectations, just because I know I've been in these stages before and I've been able to execute".

Sky Sports Tennis will have all the action from the US Open covered via our website www.skysports.com/tennis with our live blogs and updates throughout the fortnight as the Grand Slam year reaches its climax. Those officials, overtly in the French Open's case, wanted to make a statement about doping, and make it clear they would not show leniency for someone who broke the rules, whether she did it on goal or not.

The unseeded Sharapova dropped a first-set tiebreak before earning a 6-7, 6-4. If she can beat Ashleigh Barty next, Stephens would get to the fourth round at a major for the first time in almost 2½ years.

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The public here are well aware that Sharapova has spent most of her life in the United States.

Her victory was the highlight of a busy day that featured 87 singles matches on the schedule after rain washed out most play a day earlier. She declined to answer a reporter's question about how frequently she has been drug tested this year. "She's a great player, someone I've always looked up to because she fights so hard on every point". "But I think I gave everything I had".

"I don't take anything for granted", Konta said.

Who knows why she was so cagey.

Earlier Monday, seven-time major champion Venus Williams picked up a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 victory against Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia, a 19-year-old qualifier who is ranked 135th, joining past Wimbledon winners Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova in the second round.

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Hamilton, Ferrari's Vettel and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo got the other two spots on the podium. Hulkenberg brought his Renault home in sixth, with points for Williams, Haas and Toro Rosso too.

She pleaded guilty to her crime and she has done her time.

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