Sofia Kenin earns respect in US Open loss to Maria Sharapova

Roger Federer overcame surprisingly tough resistance

Roger Federer overcame surprisingly tough resistance

Venus Williams is staying put while Maria Sharapova has been sent packing from the U.S. Open.

That got up the nose of some rivals, mostly notably former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, who wasn't the least bit pleased when her second round match last week (which she lost) was sent to outside court Coventry.

Feeling despondent after losing 6-2, 6-7, 6-1 to the unseeded Russian, Wozniacki tipped her hat to her opponent before turning her ire on Sharapova who won her first two matches on the U.S. Open's main stage - the prestigious Arthur Ashe Stadium. "All that matters to me is I'm in the fourth round", said Sharapova.

Maria Sharapova's Grand Slam return after a 15-month doping ban ended in defeat Sunday at the US Open but the former world number one considered it a major step in her comeback. Instead of No. 8-seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, or Englishman Kyle Edmund, who performed well here last August, he'll be facing the long-haired, baby-faced, 18-year-old Shapovalov, who was one of nine qualifiers to win their opening matches and one of seven unseeded players still alive. "I had to dig deep and it feels absolutely fantastic to get through".

Sharapova hadn't played in a major tournament since the Australian Open in January 2016, when she tested positive for the newly banned drug meldonium.

In what would be a very interesting clash to say the least, Sharapova and big sister Venus Williams are set to clash in the semi-finals of the US Open if both are to make it through their draws. "Even when I hadn't been No. 1 in the world, it just wasn't really that big a goal of mine", she said.

She looks anything but small in NY, advancing to the fourth round.

Sevastova was not the most ferocious draw for a Grand Slam fourth round, but nor would it be fair to underestimate the pleasing variety of her game.

But the 30-year-old Sharapova succeeded beyond most expectations except possibly her own.

- A resurgent Petra Kvitova stunned Spain's Wimbledon champion and third seed Garbine Muguruza 7-6 (3) 6-3 to enter the quarter-finals in one hour and 45 minutes. Sharapova threw all that she had at her counterpart.

Game, set and verbal match, Maria Sharapova.

"I was in my middle 20s, I didn't think that my body would be ready to compete at such a level", Sharapova said as she re-visited the topic.

Sharapova is used to a hostile locker room, and fellow players are pillorying the 2006 US Open victor, too. "It helped me a lot because I knew I could play well here". I did my best.

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.

It had, in truth, already been a fairytale story for Kvitova, her return to such form so soon after the attack eight months ago, but this was the cherry on her cake: She has now equalled her best ever run in NY.

As reported by Metro, she will be seen returning to tennis again and this time around, Sharapova wants to be able to live her life to the fullest. She's played a lot of matches this year. Instead, it was the five-time Grand Slam champion who hit two double faults to give Kenin her first break point opportunity.

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