Tennis , US Open 2017 : Sharapova into last 16

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Maria Sharapova rolled into the last 16 at the U.S. Open by overpowering American teenager Sofia Kenin on Friday.

Former world No. 1 Sharapova, the 2006 U.S. Open winner in her first Grand Slam since serving a 15-month doping ban, downed the 139th-ranked wild card 7-5, 6-2 and moved into a fourth-round clash with Latvian 16th seed Anastasija Sevastova.

The 30-year-old Russian broke Kenin with a forehand winner after 66 minutes to swipe the first set, exchanged early second-set breaks on double faults then broke again in the sixth and last games for the victory.

Sharapova blasted eight aces and 38 winners with 33 unforced errors, while Kenin hit only seven winners in the match.

Shapovalov will play for a quarterfinal berth against Spanish 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta, who ousted French qualifier Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.

 

 

Source: Sports News agencies