NEW YORK, Sporting Alert — Maria Sharapova returns to the court on Wednesday’s Day 3 at the 2017 U.S. Open aspired to build on her powerful start to the tournament.
The Russian former world number one is back in the spotlight again on Wednesday night against Timea Babos of Hungary in the second round at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
After her electrifying first round three-set thrilling victory over the second-seeded Simona Halep on Monday, Sharapova is now seen as a legitimate title contender and she will be aiming for another winning performance in round two.
Ranked No. 59 in the world, Babos isn’t expected to present Sharapova with the same kind of threat as Halep, but the five-times grand slam winner will not be complacent.
Babos defeated Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 in the first round on Monday to advance to the second round.
“We’ve never played against each other, on the tour that is rare and it will be interesting,” said Sharapova.
“She is a big hitter, a big server and a little different of a game.”
Babos broke a run of four successive first round exit at the U.S. Open with a third round appearance last year.
However, based on current form, the 24-year-old will more than likely have to play the match of her life if she is going to make it a back-to-back run to the third round.
It will be a very busy day on Wednesday at Flushing Meadows for the officials as they push to clear up all the delayed matches that were rescheduled because of steady rains on Tuesday.
A total of 64 matches were postponed.