Sharapova fights into 2nd round at WTA Stanford

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Published Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Sharapova fights into 2nd round at WTA Stanford
Sharapova fights into 2nd round at WTA Stanford

Five-time Grand Slam champ Maria Sharapova made a fighting go back to United States hardcourts on Monday with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 success over American Jennifer Brady in Stanford, California.

” I seem like I simply wish to hug everybody and state thank you,” Sharapova informed fans in a post-match interview. “It’s my very first match in the States in an actually long period of time, and it’s the closest thing to house for me.”

The previous world primary from Russia had not played in the United States given that March of 2015, prior to serving a 15-month doping suspension for using meldonium.

She went back to competitors in April, however her resurgence has actually been interfered with by a hip injury that required her to withdraw from Wimbledon certifying.

Sharapova, whose ranking has actually been up to 171 on the planet, got a wild card into the leading level competition in Stanford, where she was checked Monday by the 80th-ranked Brady.

Sharapova left to a vigorous start. She required to conserve 3 break points in the 6th video game to take a 5-1 lead in the opening set, she broke in the next video game to take the set prior to Brady won the 2nd.

” I had a little a disappointment however that’s the method it is,” Sharapova stated. “You end up a set and believe you’ve got it, however she came out shooting, efficient in striking winners and huge serves.”

Early in the 3rd Sharapova combated 2 break indicate combine her lead, and finished up the match after 2 hours and 2 minutes.

” I seem like I deal with a great deal of things: not contending for a long period of time, a challenger who’s able to play some excellent tennis … I seem like I’m playing catch-up versus everybody who’s had a head start,” Sharapova stated. “All that matters is that I keep playing.”

Sharapova, who has actually likewise accepted a wildcard into the WTA competition in Cincinnati– another crucial warmup for the United States Open– reserved a second-round conference with seventh-seeded Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena.

Wimbledon champ Garbine Muguruza, who stunned Venus Williams in the last at the All England Club, is the front runner.

She will open with a second-round match versus American Kayla Day, who beat Japan’s Misaki Doi 6-4, 6-2 on Monday.