Maria Sharapova marked her return to the Grand Slam stage in style as she knocked out the number two ranked Simona Halep at the US Open.
The Russian player won the game 6-4 4-6 6-3 as over 23000 people watched in the city of New York.
This is Sharapova’s first game in the Grand Slam after she returned following her 15-month suspension for doping.
The 2006 US Open champion and former number one ranked player needed a wildcard to participate in the main draw due to her ranking and she got it.
A Game Fitting Of A Final
Her game against Halep was seen more as a grand slam decider rather than an opener.
All through the duration of the game, Sharapova matched Halep’s quick feet and was able to put the game to rest.
“you really don’t know what will happen until you think you are going to win the game but everything is worth it at the end,” Sharapova said after the game as she extended her unbeaten record against Halep.
“You wonder sometimes why you work so hard and this is the reason why.”
Sharapova will now face Timea Babos of Hungary who is ranked in the number 59 spot.
Sharapova returned to the court in April but has had issues with injuries and only played once since the beginning of May. She was also denied a wildcard for the French Open.