(August 30, 2017) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Maria Sharapova rebounded from an opening set loss to defeat Timea Babos 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-1 to reach the third round of the US Open on Wednesday.
The 2006 champion given a wildcard into the tournament as her 146 ranking was not high enough to get into the main draw due to her 15-month doping suspension.
“I definitely wanted to enjoy the quality of tennis that I played with the other night, but I also wanted to put my mind onto this one,” Sharapova said. “I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, no matter who I was going to play today. It’s always difficult to come after a match like that. My goal was just to get it done.”
“I don’t shy away from looking at the draws before the tournament begins,” Noted the Russian. “I mean, I’ve always considered the draws to be fairly similar, no matter where you end up. If you’re not ready to beat your opponent in the first round or the second round, then I’m not sure if you’re going to be ready towards the end of the tournament. That’s how I see things.
“I don’t mind looking at the matchups, who is going to be playing the beginning of the event. That’s all right.”
Former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova saved three sets to advance. The 2004 winner beat 18-year-old up-and-comer Marketa Vondrousova 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2).
Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, who is suing the Unites States Tennis Association, lost on Ashe Stadium to Evgeniya Rodina of Russia 7-6 (2), 6-1.
She herself was surprised to be playing on Ashe.
‘I was surprised, yeah, but it’s always an amazing opportunity to play on the biggest tennis court in the world.”
On the men’s side 14th seed Nick Kyrgios said that “I keep letting people down,” after his loss to Australian countryman John Millman in four sets.
“I knew it was going to be a tough match from the get-go. I was feeling good. Obviously, the final in Cincy. Every practice session I had here was good, feeling good. Early in the third set I hit one serve and I never felt the same after that.”
Other men’s seeds advancing were No. 6 Dominic Thiem, No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov, No. 9 David Goffin, No. 10 John Isner, No. 11 Roberto Bautista Agut, No. 12 Pablo Carreno Busta, No. 15 Tomas Berdych, No. 16 Lukas Pouille, No. 17 Sam Querrey, No. 18 Gael Monfils, No. 24 Juan Del Potro, No. 30 Adrian Mannarino, No. 31 Feliciano Lopez and No. 33 Philipp Kohlschreiber.