Maria Sharapova's Grand Slam return from her doping ban continued Wednesday when the former world number one reached the US Open last 32 with a 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-1 win over Timea Babos of Hungary.
"I don't really know, to be honest", she said.
On Wednesday, Sharapova bested Babos, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-1.
She is branded and nothing Maria Sharapova does on the tennis court for the rest of her career will erase the scarlet letter "M" (for Meldonium, not Maria) that she wears on her custom-designed outfits.
Rather amusingly, one of the sleeves was ditched midway through her 6-7 6-4 6-1 win in the Arthur Ashe Stadium and Sharapova confessed she's not particularly fond of the look.
Playing a match she was expected to win - in sharp contrast to her opener against second seed Simona Halep - Sharapova seemed much tighter and struggled before finding her range towards the end of the second.
"Today I knew I wanted to get it done and I did". "But this was so much more". "I don't think that's fair".
This was undoubtedly a crushing loss for Halep, though it is not impossible she could yet end the tournament as the world No. 1.
She arrived in NY after a fine hard-court swing leading up to the U.S. Open in which she made the fourth round in Toronto and exited in the second round in Cincinnati.
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Sharapova did not play almost as freely as she had against Halep, when the pressure was largely on her opponent, but her famous fighting spirit was in evidence as she battled to a 6-7 (4/7) 6-4 6-1 victory.
Sharapova admitted it had been hard to come down from the high of beating Halep under the Monday night lights and go again.
Sharapova wore a black dress, visor, socks and shoes, the same style she sported in taking the trophy nine years ago on the NY hard-courts. The chair umpire repeatedly admonished spectators to hush.
Federer served for the match at 5-3 in the fifth set, but Tiafoe fought off a match point and then broke the No. 3 seed's serve. Her footwork was a bit off. She also forced four break-opponent opportunities, converting on three. "She made me feel like a little girl - there are still times when she makes me feel like that", she told Net-A-Porter.com.
However, the Czech was able to steal that set upon the resumption of play before Svitolina hit back to take the final set 6-3, lining up a meeting with Rodina in the process.
Her victory was an early highlight on a busy day that featured 87 singles matches on the schedule after rain washed out most play a day earlier. The most noteworthy second-round departures came at night: No. 4 Alexander Zverev and No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the men's bracket, and No. 5 Caroline Wozniacki in the women's.
Williams is one of the favorites after making it to the final of the Austalian Open and Wimbledon earlier this year.
But No. 7 seed Johanna Konta, a Wimbledon semifinalist just last month, was bounced by 78th-ranked Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. "I'm so happy", Muguruza said.
"In the second set I was physically fresh".