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Sharapova Defeats Babos To Reach Round of 32 At US Open

Posted on by David Dunbar in Sports News

maria sharapova smiling 2017Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova continues on a winning path at the US Open as she defeated Hungarian player Timea Babos in three sets at the US Open 6-7, 6-4 and 6-1.

The former world number one, who stunned Romania’s Simona Halep in the first round, confirmed that her 15-month ban for abusing illegal substances did not affect her and instead she used it to regain her best physical form.

Having lost the first set in the tiebreak, Sharapova reduced her errors and found her better serve in the second and third sets, paving her way to victory in two hours and 19 minutes.

The 2009 US Open champion and winner of five grand slam tournaments used her sharp serve to win, as she at one point in the game had 12 straight aces. Although Sharapova made six double faults, she overcame her 36 unforced errors with 39 winners.

Babos instead made 24 unforced errors and hit just 13 winners, as she also failed to produce any aces and had a double fault.

Babos lack of consistency with her serve was used against her by Sharapova who finished with 108 total points won by the Russian against 84 by Babos

Sharapova, who is playing in her tenth US Open, will play in the next round against the winner of the game between Americans Sachia Vickery and Sofia Kenin.

In other games, Ukrainian Elina Svitolina defeated Czech Katerina Siniakova in three sets (6-0, 6-7, and 6-3 and Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova also needed three sets to defeat Czech Marketa  Vondrousova 4-6, 6-4 and 7-6.

Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska advanced to the second round with a 6-4 and 7-6 victory over Croatian Petra Martic and Spain’s Sara Sorribes lost to Japan’s Kurumi Nara 6-2 and 6-1. The Japanese player will play Kuznetsova in the second round.

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