Sharapova draws Halep in US Open first round

  • Sharapova draws Halep in US Open first round

Sharapova draws Halep in US Open first round

She has also been a semi-finalist at Wimbledon and the US Open, yet thus far, she has failed to pick up one of the landmark titles.

"I have gone deep with them in previous Grand Slams", said Zverev, who is looking to add a major title to his ever-fattening resume.

Federer celebrated his 36th birthday on 8 August, and in the history of the tournament, which dates back to 1881, only two players came out victorious at a more advanced age than hers. My reaction was normal, because this year I had very tough draws every time nearly.

"But I will prepare myself as best as possible, so as to have the best chance of success in NY". "I mean, you feel then if you are there or you are close there you feel the pressure". I have been on the practice courts since last week. I didn't have, like, something emotional.

"It s going to be a big challenge, first round of a Grand Slam, to face her", Halep said.

There will be no easing into the U.S. Open for Sharapova, whose first match at a major tournament since her doping suspension comes against No. 2-seeded Simona Halep at Flushing Meadows. Sharapova returned from her 15-month ban after testing positive for meldonium in April, and since then, she has only played in four events due to having to qualify to make tournaments and injury.

Also in contention is Garbine Muguruza, the Spanish/Venezuelan who was so imperious when taking the Wimbledon title and Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, who has won more titles on the tour this year than anyone else.

Fortunately, the injury didn't prevent Halep to attend the following French Open.

But the third seed has been practising freely in NY and said: "I'm really happy how I'm feeling". "It's not my position to talk about this".

"I know you want to hear the other way, that I would love to play him".

Plistova said of Sharapova, "I think it's a good story for the tournament that she's back".

"I think that's not possible for a great show". The pair share 34 Grand Slam wins between them.

She performed a good run in 2016 as well, reaching the quarterfinals, but she couldn't overcome world number one Serena Williams despite forcing her to a three-set match. So maybe I will change this. We will see on Monday.

The bigger question is how her game will match up against a competitive women's field and whether the injuries that kept her out of the grasscourt season and parts of the hardcourt season have healed. However, Halep will have to defeat Sharapova in the very first round.

Wimbledon never needed to make the decision on Sharapova because she chose to play the qualifiers - until she pulled out with a thigh injury. "I feel better and I feel that I'm ready to face her again".

The Romanian has yet to beat Sharapova in their six matches, although this will be their first match for nearly two years.

"I'm not thinking what Maria did or what Maria does and how is the situation", said Halep, a two-time French Open runner-up, including a loss to Sharapova in the 2014 final. Maybe some players have just had enough of playing hurt and told just themselves, 'When I come back I just want to be 100 percent'.