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Opinions divided on Sharapova as Slam return looms

September 21 2017, 09:22 | Van Peters

Sharapova makes her return to grand-slams next week after more than 18 months away from top-flight tennis Lachlan Cunningham Getty Images

Sharapova makes her return to grand-slams next week after more than 18 months away from top-flight tennis

Until this year s revival, Federer had not won a Grand Slam title since Wimbledon in 2012.

You know who's not shedding any crocodile tears over attrition at the Open?

Of course", Halep continued, she "was a little bit, like, How is possible again?

"I've had very tough draws nearly every time", Halep said when asked what her reaction had been to news of the draw. "So, just happy for that".

"My reaction was normal, because this year I had very tough draws every time nearly", said Halep, who was on the court practicing when she learned of her first-round matchup.

Three men — Nadal, Murray or Federer — could be No. 1 after the tournament. I don't know what to say. "Is obvious, no? I am not that way (keen on a Federer clash)".

Federer owns a record 19 Grand Slam championships. We never played here and for sure this year we are not going to play in the finals. "Finals are more special than semi-finals".

Thirty-seven times they've drawn a match bead on each other. I didn't have, like, something emotional.

For his part, Federer is keen to tango with Nadal.

Roger Federer will head into next week's US Open feeling optimistic he has overcome his injury concerns.

"The American crowd is going to be very respectful of Maria and I would think she will get a warm reception coming back", Evert, a victor of 18 majors during her career, said on a conference call this week.

Outside of the usual contenders Germany's Alexander Zverev is seeded fourth and after already winning 5 tournaments this season looks a good outside bet to make it to the final. We have our work cut out there. Maybe Nadal wins on the hard court in NY in the middle of September? Hopefully it will be a night session.

"So if it's a healthy Maria Sharapova, you can't put anything past her".

While two of the top men's tennis players will not be playing in this event, including reigning champion Stan Wawrinka, it should be an exciting tournament nevertheless. And we'll still be injured because now we're not playing enough.

"I'm not thinking any more". Wear and tear just takes its toll.

Halep was among a number of players who criticised the tournament director in Stuttgart for giving the Russian a wild card in her first comeback tournament in April, saying that it did not set a good example to young people to reward a player who had been banned for a drugs offence.

That's life. That's luck of the lousy sort.

He is back on the tennis complex at Flushing Meadows, after completing the deadlock a year ago to recover from surgery on his left knee. Federer and Nadal clearly don't scare him.

Halep and Sharapova haven't faced each other since 2015, and three of their last four matches went to the third set. I have beaten them in Masters events. "I feel stronger mentally and in my game".

"She's obviously the biggest name in the draw so that's going to provide some interest".

The World No.1 ranking is on the line for eight players and Muguruza is one of those players that will be looking to be the 24th WTA player to get to the top of the tree in singles.

Maria Sharapova could not have landed a much tougher draw in her first grand slam tournament since the end of her 15-month doping.

Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza of Spain humbled Halep 6-1, 6-0 in last Sunday's final at Cincinnati to deny her the top ranking.

If you blink, you may miss the five-time Grand Slam victor Monday night when she battles Halep.

Shaking off criticism after the French Open snub, Sharapova tweeted, "If this is what it takes to rise up again, then I am in it all the way, everyday. A lot of us are interested to see how she does, there's no question".



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