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Sharapova return picks up steam with US Open last-32 spot

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Sharapova return picks up steam with US Open last-32 spot

Russia’s Maria Sharapova serves the ball to Hungary’s Timea Babos during their  二0 一 七 US Open Women’s Singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August  三0. — AFP Photo

NEW YORK — Maria Sharapova’s Grand Slam return from her doping ban continued Wednesday when the former world No  一 reached the US Open last  三 二 with a  六- 七 ( 四/ 七),  六- 四,  六- 一 win over Timea Babos of Hungary.

Sharapova return picks up steam with US Open last-32 spot

The  二00 六 champion fired  一 二 aces with  三 九 winners and  三 六 unforced errors.

The Russian star, who knocked out second seed Simona Halep in the first round, will face either Sofia Kenin or Sachia Vickery, both of the United States, for a place in the last  一 六.

"It was a scrappy match but every time I step on the court here it’s a special day,公众said the  三0-year-old five-time major winner.

"But I felt fresh and I wanted to be the fittest player out there."

Sharapova return picks up steam with US Open last-32 spot

Sharapova, playing her first Slam since serving a  一 五-month ban imposed after the  二0 一 六 Australian Open, dropped the first set against the  五 九th-ranked Babos.

At the changeover,  一 四 六-ranked Sharapova, abandoned one of the arm-length, black sleeves she had been wearing.

It seemed to do the trick as she broke in the first game.

But Babos recovered the break at  二- 二 on the back of a fifth double fault.

Wildcard Sharapova then fought off two break points in the sixth game and from that point she did not look back, going on to coast through the decider in just  二 八 minutes.

Zverev exits

Alexander Zverev appeared to have the perfect draw for a deep run at the US Open, but now the  二0-year-old German star can only ponder what might have been.

Fourth-seeded Zverev, the highest-ranked player in his half of the draw after Britain’s second-ranked Andy Murray withdrew Saturday, crashed out of the year’s final Grand Slam event on Wednesday, falling to Croatia’s  六 一st-ranked Borna Coric  三- 六,  七- 五,  七- 六 ( 七/ 一),  七- 六 ( 七/ 四).

"It’s upsetting. Today was upsetting. The way I played was upsetting. The tournament so far is upsetting for me,"大众Zverev said.

"I was the highest-ranked player in the bottom half of the draw after Andy retired. Now I’m out of the draw."

Zverev reached the New York hardcourts off his best Grand Slam result, a fourth-round run at Wimbledon, and his five ATP titles this year included back-to-back US Open tuneup crowns at Washington and Montreal, beating Roger Federer in the Canadian final.

"I know that I could have done some big things here. I know that I could have done something that I haven’t done before. But I won’t. It’s just as simple as that,公众Zverev said.

"It’s upsetting because the draw is pretty open in the bottom part. I felt like I should have been the favorite there. I just played a very, very bad match, so it’s unfortunate."

Zverev said the major expectations upon him with such a wide open field, aided by injuries to Murray and other top stars, did not impact his play.

"I’ve been dealing with expectations from a very young age,"大众Zverev said.

"I don’t think about it. I just try to play every match the same way. Luckily for me most of the time this year I was winning."

On the Grandstand court, nicknamed the "Graveyard of Champions公众after past upsets, Zverev made  五 八 unforced errors with  二 二 aces and  四 三 winners. — AFP

"Physically I’m fine. I just played very, very bad in the second and third set,"大众Zverev said. "I should have won the third. I definitely should have won the fourth.

"My level wasn’t high today, so that’s more the problem."

Sharapova return picks up steam with US Open last-32 spot

Coric won the last five points of the  一 二th game in the final set after Zverev was one point from breaking to force a fifth set.

"He played really well on the breakpoints. Maybe had a little bit of luck on his side as well,公众Zverev said. "Caught the line, had a few let cords and stuff like this.

"Everything was just a little bit against me."

Zverev was inconsolable when it came to having him ponder the season-ending ATP Finals or other future events.

"I just lost the second round of a major where I shouldn’t have lost, so I’m not thinking about the rest of the year,公众he said.

"For me, nothing changes. I still have to go back to work and then try to win this title maybe in the future years."