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Maria Sharapova Shines Again on Center Stage

Maria Sharapova shines again on center stage.

The wildcard Maria Sharapova made a triumphant return to the U.S. Open by beating No. 2 seed Simona Halep in a tough-fought opening round. Sharapova, who needed almost three hours to outlast the Romanian star, won 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. After not playing for 15 months, the five-time major champion made her first slam appearance since the 2016 Australian Open.

The 2006 U.S. Open champion said: “When I found out that I received the wildcard, I was obviously extremely excited, I realized how long it had been since I played at the U.S. Open. Just the thought of being back here. When me and my coach first scheduled my practice on centre court, actually it got moved because they had some maintenance issues. I was upset about it because I really wanted that first practice on centre court. Those little things you kind of take for granted. From the moment that I’ve been here, I’ve really understood what this means to me, to be back and to be playing.”

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