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Sharapova beats Halep in US Open first round

It is Maria Sharapova's first grand slam test after her doping ban.

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Sharapova beats Halep in US Open first round

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It may just have been the first round, but Maria Sharapova’s defeat of world number two, Simona Halep in the US Open, had the feel of a grand slam final.

The Russian needed a wildcard to enter the tournament, as she is ranked just 146th after serving a 15-month suspension for doping.

She beat the Romanian 6-4 4-6 6-3 in front of a sell-out crowd in New York and goes on to face Hungary’s Timea Babos, ranked 59, in the second round.