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.
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.
What a match between Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep. One of the best matches I’ve seen all year. Glad to see Maria is officially back!!! 🎾— Phuoc Nguyen (@PDHNguyen08) August 29, 2017