US Open Tennis 2017: Maria Sharapova falls to Anastasija Sevastova

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Sharapova changed her outfit but she was unable to halt Sevastova's momentum, the sweetest of drop-shots positioning her for a 3-0 lead which a skewed hit from Sharapova gave her.

The tennis fraternity is still divided over the USTA handing Sharapova, ranked 146 in the world, a wildcard into the main draw.

"When Maria enters a tournament, the best news possible for her is if Serena is not in the draw", Mouratoglou told the New York Post. She served a 15-month ban for that, returning to the tour this April with a ranking too low to get into Grand Slam events.

"I don't know. If I could do it, I'd put in a box and maybe I'd sell it", the veteran said of the secret to her longevity.

"I'm really having trouble watching the @usopen @espn coverage when they continually celebrate the comeback of a drug cheat!" All that matters to me is I'm in the fourth round.

"As I said, I came in not playing a lot of matches".

On Day 1 of the tournament, Sharapova won a three-set thriller under the lights against No. 2 seed Simona Halep. She is a player without artifice or frills, but has a keen tennis brain. It did turn out to be a pretty big deal in the match against Leonardo Mayer.

Following the conclusion of that duel, 37-year-old Venus Williams will attempt to take a step closer to her first US Open title since 2001 when she faces Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro. He sprinted ahead from that point on, winning the match 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in three hours and 16 minutes.

"She played unbelievable throughout the first and second set and I just kept fighting, running every ball, and just stayed there". "It helped me a lot because I knew I could play well here".

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It hasn't been easy sailing for Nadal, or for that matter his perennial rival Roger Federer. It's the first time since 2010 that she has reached the fourth round in every major.

Venus Williams, of the United States, serves to Maria Sakkari, of Greece, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in NY.

In the women's section, Karolina Pliskova is slowly getting used to the view from the top.

His daring strokeplay and restless energy had the Arthur Ashe hooked, as "El Shapo" sent eighth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga packing in straight sets in the second round. "I have great respect for her", said the 26-year-old. In the second round, Rublev was up against seventh seed and the man in form Grigor Dimitrov.

The 30-year-old Sharapova, who received a wild-card invitation to the tournament, lost by a score of 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 in the prestigious tournament to the 16th-seeded Latvian.

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At the same time, she fell victim to a series of injuries that, among other things, caused her to withdraw from Wimbledon qualifying.

Sevastova saved all three break points against her in that set as a dogged battle of wills developed with the Russian, one of the great fighters and screamers. Four of her compatriots have made it to the final 16. This one will come against the resurgent Sloane Stephens.

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