Sofia Kenin vs Maria Sharapova

Jerome Frank
September 4, 2017

The Danish Caroline Wozniacki, 5th in the world, has she regretted that Sharapova, sacred in NY in 2006, is favored by the organizers, which programmaient all its matches on the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Sharapova, speaking late Friday after her 7-5, 6-2 third-round victory over American teenager Sofia Kenin, minced no words when asked for her take on Wozniacki's remarks. "I think everybody is a little lukewarm on her".

Anastasija Sevastova - the Latvian ended Maria Sharapova's grand slam return with a 5-7 6-4 6-2 fourth-round win over the former world No.1.

The marquee match of the Round of 16 kicks off the night session on Arthur Ashe Stadium, as Muguruza looks to keep her charge for the No.1 ranking going. During her stay in Queens, packed crowds cheered for her; Caroline Wozniacki was the only player to publicly complain about Sharapova not only being granted a wild card but being showcased so soon after her return to the tour.

Sharapova tested positive for the banned blood booster meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open and only returned from her suspension in April.

"When you see the stress on the scheduling system because of the sheer number of matches that had to be played, it would be tough for it to be ideal for everyone", said Widmaier.

"The biggest lesson is that I'm able to compete with these guys", Shapovalov said.

The stand-out memory from Sharapova's run in NY will be her first-round victory over second seed Simona Halep, where she sustained a remarkable level for someone who has played so little competitive tennis. Her first major career breakthrough was in NY, as well, when she beat Garbine Muguruza and Johanna Konta to advance to the quarterfinals a year ago.

The Czech player will face world number nine Williams in the quarter-final next.

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The 37-year-old managed the only break in the opening set to take control of the match.

Muguruza, this year's Wimbledon champion, defeated 31st-seeded Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 6-1.

Sharapova played all of her four matches in the 24,000-capacity arena including her first-round defeat of world No 2 Simona Halep. "I don't think I played as aggressive or was stepping in as much as I did in the first set, especially in the beginning of the match".

Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov became the youngest man since 1989 into the US Open last 16.

"It's been a really great ride in the last week", Sharapova said.

This time she raced out of the blocks and continually kept the pressure on with her deep drives. - I think that's unacceptable. I didn't know that, so... A win and Venus would play either Garbiñe Muguruza - a rematch of the Wimbledon final - or Petra Kvitova. I will try my best.

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A nimble counter puncher whose retrieving would sometimes have Andy Murray purring his approval, Sevastova rebounded impressively to take advantage of Sharapova's error count and broke for 2-1 in the second set. Handling herself under pressure without experience on the big stage was impressive to see, and she will need every bit of that mentality against Sharapova.

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