Maria Sharapova, who won the Tianjin Open two days ago, brought her usual power but lacked accuracy with some wild swings on key points.
Maria Sharapova is looking for a strong finish to a season that began with a doping ban and hit a high in China when she won her first title in over two years.
Maria Sharapova, whose last title came at the Italian Open in May 2015, had three match points but Sabalenka survived them all before double faulting.
Maria Sharapova will meet teenaged Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, who is ranked 102 and made her first WTA final after beating Italy’s Sara Errani 6-1, 6-3.
Maria Sharapova was broken in the first game but fought back to draw level before going on to take the first set with a hold to love.
Maria Sharapova prevailed 7-5, 6-3 and will make her first quarterfinals appearance since Stuttgart in April, where she lost to Kristina Mladenovic in the next round.
Maria Sharapova spilt the beans on her relationship with ex-boyfriend and Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov in her autobiography “Unstoppable”.
Maria Sharapova’s contentious and captivating U.S. Open run came to an end when Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova beat her 5-7 6-4 6-2 to reach the Flushing Meadows quarter-finals.
The most intriguing clash of the day at the US Open may be the last of the women’s matches with Wimbledon champion and third seed Garbine Muguruza facing double Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova.
Caroline Wozniacki was furious that her second round match was played on an outside court while five-time major winner Sharapova was playing all of hers in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Maria Sharapova has shrugged off Caroline Wozniacki’s criticism of U.S. Open organisers for giving the Russian centre court billing in her return to grand slam tennis after a doping ban.
Nothing comes easy to Maria Sharapova on her grand slam return after a doping ban, but the Russian’s mix of grit and power were enough to see off Sofia Kenin 7-5 6-2 in the third round. Sharapova moved into a fourth-round clash with Latvian 16th seed Anastasija Sevastova.
It hasn’t helped reduce the chatter as Maria Sharapova has been placed on the main Arthur Ashe Stadium and that will continue when she faces American Sofia Kenin in the second night match on Friday.
According to former world number one Mats Wilander, Russia’s Maria Sharapova did not just reach the third round of the US Open but she also showed that she is a rock star who never disappoints her fans. Mats said, “She delivers every single time. That’s talent. She’s a rock star.”
Maria Sharapova made the US Open last 32, insisting she has instilled renewed fear into her rivals and rekindled the love from her fans. The former world number one and five-time major winner pulled off a 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-1 win over Timea Babos of Hungary.