Maria Sharapova defeated Kenin the 18 year old American amateur 7-5 6-4 in the third round to advance to the round of 16 in the US Open in Flushing Meadows, NY.
Quite an accomplishment for the thirty year old who hasn’t played in a major since last year’s Australian open some 19 months ago. Sharapova who was suspended for 15 months for use of banned substances. Sharapova started her run by defeating No. 2 Simona Halep in the first round and marched thru Kenin the young American. Although she did herself proud bringing Sharapova to the brink in the first set although Sharapova managed to hold off her young opponent by breaking her for a 7-5 win in the first set.
Sharapova now enters the round of 16 with as a good of chance of capturing this major as anyone. She potentially faces Americans Venus Williams or the young and upcoming Sloan Stevens. It remains a wide open race without the presence of No. 1 Serena Williams.