US Open 2017: Maria Sharapova beats Simona Halep on Grand Slam return
Maria Sharapova beats Simona Halep on her return to the US Open. She knocked world number 2 out, Halep in the first round. Beating her 6-4 4-6 6-3.
The Russian won in front of a sell-out crowd of almost 24,000 people in New York.
Sharapova was playing in her first Grand Slam since serving a 15-month doping suspension.
The last Grand Slam Maria played in was the 2016 Australian Open.
Sharapova was given a wildcard to enter the main draw as she is ranked 146th.
Over the duration of the match (two hours and 44 minutes). Maria hit 60 winners proving decisive despite 64 errors.
- Sharapova now has a 7-0 head to head record against Halep.
- Maria wore a stunning black dress during the match.
Sharapova will now face Hungarys Timea Babos in the second round on Wednesday.
Maria Sharapova's dress
Sharapova v Halep
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