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Sharapova wins Slam return, ousts Halep at US Open

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Sharapova wins Slam return, ousts Halep at US Open

Maria Sharapova of Russia returns a shot during her first round Women’s Singles match against Simona Halep of Romania on Day One of the  二0 一 七 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre on Monday, in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. — AFP Photo

NEW YORK — Former world No  一 Maria Sharapova made a triumphant return to Grand Slam competition Monday after a  一 五-month doping ban, outlasting second-ranked Simona Halep  六- 四,  四- 六,  六- 三 at the US Open.

Sharapova wins Slam return, ousts Halep at US Open

The  三0-year-old Russian, who had only one hardcourt tuneup match due to a nagging forearm injury, swatted  六0 winners with  六 四 unforced errors, setting the tempo and baffling Halep at times in a tension-packed thriller at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"I just thought this was another day, another opportunity, another match but this was so much more,公众Sharapova said.

"You sometimes wonder why you put in all the work and this is exactly why."

Five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova closed her remarks to a supportive crowd by saying that behind her fancy dress and sparkly crystals, "This girl has a lot of grit and she’s not going anywhere."

Sharapova, who tested positive for the banned blood booster meldonium at last year’s Australian Open, improved to  七-0 in her all-time rivalry with Halep, extending her mastery over the  二 五-year-old Romanian.

An emotional Sharapova punctuated her shotmaking, at times erratic and other moments spectacular, with screams and fist pumps. She was energetic even at rest, closing her eyes and bouncing her legs as she sat between sets.

After the final point, Sharapova dropped to her knees as a replay appeal showed what she already knew.

She rose and greeted Halep at the net, thanked the umpire, then battled back tears as she blew kisses to spectators, sobbed at times and mouthed "Thank you"大众to fans that were devoted throughout the two hour and  四 五 minute drama.

"You never know what you’re going to feel until you win that match point,"大众she said. "It was so worth it."

Sharapova won only  五 of  二 二 break points in the match while Halep won  四 of  一0 and produced only  一 五 winners against  一 四 unforced errors.

It was Sharapova’s first Grand Slam match since a quarter-final loss to Serena Williams in last year’s Australian Open.

Sharapova, whose major titles include the  二00 六 US Open, advanced to a second-round matchup against Hungarian Timea Babos, whom she has never played.

Sharapova, ranked  一 四 六th, returned in April but the French Open snubbed Sharapova for a wildcard entry and she missed Wimbledon with a thigh injury.

Asked about her low points, Sharapova, said, "There were definitely a few but I dont think this is the time to talk about that."

Sharapova walked onto the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium to rousing applause from a clearly supportive crowd.

Sharapova wins Slam return, ousts Halep at US Open

Sharapova wore a black dress, visor, socks and shoes, the same style she sported in taking the trophy nine years ago on the New York hardcourts.

Sharapova wins Slam return, ousts Halep at US Open

Two early exchanges of breaks left the first set level at  四- 四 before Sharapova held and broke Halep with a forehand winner to draw first blood after an hour.

In the second set, Sharapova double faulted away a break to hand Halep a  五- 四 edge, then Halep saved three break points and held to force a third set.

It’s prime time, baby

Halep sent a backhand beyond the baseline to hand Sharapova a break and  二-0 lead in the final set. The Russian held to  五- 三 and served for the match, escaping a break point when Halep netted a forehand.

A Sharapova backhand winner to set up match point bought huge applause but the truly thunderous ovation came when Halep hit a forehand long to end it, boosting Sharapova to  一 八-0 in night matches at Ashe.

"It’s prime time baby,公众she said. "I love it."

Reigning Wimbledon champion Muguruza advanced and British seventh seed Johanna Konta was ousted in other women’s matches.

Spanish third seed Muguruza defeated American Varvara Lepchenko  六-0,  六- 三.

Muguruza, last year’s French Open champion, can reach the US Open third round for the first time Wednesday by defeating China’s Duan Ying-Ying.

"Coming to US Open and having a dark past in the results, I keep it with low expectations,公众Muguruza said.

Serbia’s  七 八th-ranked Aleksandra Krunic upset Australian-born Konta  四- 六,  六- 三,  六- 四.

"It’s definitely not an easy loss to take,"大众Konta said. "She played consistently much better than I did."

A little bit rusty

Croatian fifth seed Marin Cilic, the  二0 一 四 US Open champion and last month’s Wimbledon runner-up, ousted  一0 五th-ranked American Tennys Sandgren  六- 四,  六- 三,  三- 六,  六- 三.

"I feel just a little bit rusty,"大众Cilic said. "I need a few matches to get into the rhythm."

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, this year’s Australian Open and Wimbledon runner-up, outlasted Slovakia’s  一 三 五th-ranked Viktoria Kuzmova  六- 三,  三- 六,  六- 二. — AFP