US Open results 2017: Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova advance

Sharapova Claims First Victory In US Open

Sharapova Claims First Victory In US Open

The crowds at Flushing Meadows have welcomed their former champion back with open arms.

Timea Babos hits a backhand slice during her second-round match against Maria Sharapova at the 2017 U.S. Open.

Thiem had won the first two sets and the opening game of the third on Tuesday before their match was halted by rain.

She rose and greeted Halep at the net, thanked the umpire, then battled back tears as she blew kisses to spectators, sobbed at times and mouthed "Thank you" to fans that were devoted throughout the two hour and 45 minute drama. I felt it while I was away. "I'm really excited. These are the moments you work for". "It's a very special feeling".

It had been 19 months since she had entered a major tournament.

Sofia Kenin is coming off a three sets win over Sachia Vickery that took 32 games to decide.

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard has been critical of Sharapova's being welcomed back via wild card to events she otherwise would not be capable of qualifying for due to her ranking of No. 146 in the world. Serena Williams isn't even here.

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It was her first top-10 win, but this very contained young woman was not about to leap for joy-it is not her way. The Czech defeated Poland's Magda Linette 6-2 6-1, and was relieved to safely negotiate the first hurdle.

"I definitely feel the respect from the athletes", Sharapova insisted. "A wild card is at the tournament's discretion". But in the third, Sharapova regained control by going ahead 3-0, using her power to keep two-time French Open runner-up Halep under pressure. It is a policy that has clearly reaped a dividend here.

She herself was surprised to be playing on Ashe. When the initial two-year ban imposed on her was reduced on appeal to 15 months, the reaction from her team was nearly as if she had been completely exonerated. "I had never thought of my influence on other people before", she writes in her new book. In October a year ago Billie Jean King was all smiles as the joint host with Elton John of the World Team Tennis Smash Hits event in Las Vegas, where John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova high-fived Sharapova on court.

Winning back-to-back matches, for the first time since her comeback tournament at the end of April, will provide a confidence boost, though. "I felt like going into the match I just wanted to get it done", Sharapova said. "It's so unfair to all the other players who do it the right way and are true".

It was much too long a ban for a case with so many gray areas anyway, especially for an athlete who admitted to taking the drug after January 1, when it became banned, and not a few days before, which would have cleared her. Glamorous, rich and successful, she embodies the American dream.

And as her confidence translated into dominance, one could nearly forget that Sharapova had been away. 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. They think of her as one of them.

Sharapova won only 5 of 22 break points in the match while Halep won 4 of 10 and produced only 15 winners against 14 unforced errors.

Henry Santoro, news anchor on WGBH Radio, agreed. She was home-schooled, and trains in Miramar and at Pro World Tennis Academy in Delray Beach.

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