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Former world number one Sharapova, 12the 2006 US Open victor in her first Grand Slam since serving a 15-month doping ban, downed the 139th-ranked wildcard 7-5, 6-2 and moved into a fourth-round clash with Latvian 16th seed Anastasija Sevastova.
"The goal is to keep winning matches, obviously to keep improving", she said. "I have to try not to get overwhelmed and just go out there and play my game".
"I completely understand the business side of things and everything, but someone who comes back from a drug sentence, performance-enhancing drugs, and then all of the sudden gets to play every single match on centre court, I think that's a questionable thing to do", said the Dane.
Both players then played their part in undoubtedly the point of the match in the following game with Sharapova thinking she had won the point following a well-executed dropshot, but Kenin was able to unexpectedly put it back on court, forcing Sharapova to show her best defensive skills that included a half-volley and a lob.
Since returning from her 15-month, Sharapova has been on better behavior, but not anymore. But her lack of match play over the past year and a half finally caught up with her. The Russian made good use of her powerful groundstrokes to break Kenin once more to snatch the first set 7-5.
No. 13 seed Czech Petra Kvitova posted a 7-6 (3), 6-3 victory over third-seeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in a battle of two-time Grand Slam champions. Off court, she received star treatment from the tournament and appreciation from fans, the latter of which didn't go unnoticed by Sharapova after a controversial absence.
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A victory against close friend Sachia Vickery of Miramar in the next round set up a dream matchup with Sharapova.
Kvitova, who suffered a shocking knife attack a year ago, added to her list of Grand Slam upsets with her number-three ranked Spanish opponent arguably being the pre-tournament favourite. "It means a lot, it's an incredible night to play in front of a great crowd", Kvitova said after the win. I don't know. It sucks.
The former world No.1 is embracing the challenge of ending her nine-year grand slam title drought in what would be the longest wait between drinks at tennis's highest level.
It had, in truth, already been a fairytale story for Kvitova, her return to such form so soon after the attack eight months ago, but this was the cherry on her cake: She has now equalled her best ever run in NY.
"And my sister motivates me a lot, my family too". "It has been a really great ride".
There was a chance for the streak of breaks to continue on Sharapova's serve but she denied Kenin, albeit unconvincingly, to grab a 4-1 lead.
A nimble counter puncher whose retrieving would sometimes have Andy Murray purring his approval, Sevastova rebounded impressively to take advantage of Sharapova's error count and broke for 2-1 in the second set.
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