Shara extends stay

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Sep 2017 09:18:25



Battles on to beat Babos while Zverev, Kyrgios crash out

FORMER world number one Maria Sharapova battled back to reach the third round of the US Open while next-generation rising stars Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios crashed out.
Sharapova, who downed second-ranked Simona Halep in her first Grand Slam match after a 15-month doping ban, defeated Hungary’s 59th-ranked Timea Babos 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-1 at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“It wasn’t my best tennis,” Sharapova said. “It was scrappy tennis but sometimes those kind of matches are a lot of fun and this was one of those days.”
The 30-year-old Russian, who next faces Russian-born US teen Sofia Kenin, tested positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, her most recent Grand Slam appearance until this week.

Fourth seed Zverev, whose five ATP titles this year include a win over Roger Federer in this month’s Montreal final, fell to 61st-ranked Croatian Borna Coric 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (7/4). The 20-year-old German had been the highest-ranked player in his half of an injury-hit Open draw.
“It’s upsetting because the draw is pretty open in the bottom part,” Zverev said. “I felt like I should have been the favourite there. I just played a very, very bad match, so it’s unfortunate.”

Kyrgios, the 14th seed and former top-rated obstacle in Federer’s quarter-final path, hurt his right shoulder in a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 first-round loss to 235th-ranked fellow Aussie John Millman.
“Early in the third set I hit one serve and I never felt the same after that,” Kyrgios said. “Something didn’t feel right in my arm.”

Kyrgios, 22, dropped eight of the last nine games.
“Nick’s shoulder deteriorated as the match went on,” Millman said after his first US Open triumph. “It’s a victory but slightly hollow.”


CANADIAN budding tennis superstar Denis Shapovalov put on a show under the lights in the US Open second round, showing loads of power, athleticism and all-court skill in a 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) victory over eighth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Dolgopolov hits back at fixing questions
ALEXANDR Dolgopolov reacted furiously when he was questioned about suspicious betting patterns surrounding one of his matches during a fiery news conference.
Asked about the matter after beating Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round of the year’s final Grand Slam, Dolgopolov exploded.
“You want my honest answer? I don’t give a f8#$ to be honest because it’s like a circus,” the 28-year-old said, before likening media coverage to “fairytales”.