FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY â€“ For the first time since 2006, when she won the US Open title, No. 3 Maria Sharapova has made the quarterfinals by defeating Nadia Petrova 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 in a match interrupted by rain on Sunday night.
With Petrova up 2-0 in the third set the rains came and delayed the match for 75 minutes. It also caused a momentum shift. Sharapova pumped herself up with fist pumps and shouts of â€œCâ€™mon!â€
Sharapova said that during the rain delay her coach told her to get her act together.
In an on-court interview after the match Sharapova said, â€œIâ€™m so glad to be back in the quarters. Â â€œItâ€™s been so many years.â€
Sharapova will meet Marion Bartoli for a spot in the semifinals. The Russian had only dropped seven games through the first three rounds.