Probably, No one expected her to reach till Round 4 of U.S OPEN Championship but she did and when everyone started anticipating her to be U.S open champion she lost to a relatively unknown No. 16 seed, Anastasija Sevastova. Yes , Maria Sharapova knocked out of US Open fourth round
She get into US open with a controversial wild card. She was given a royal treatment and warm welcome to Arthur Ashe stadium by adoring fans like if she is returning from exile , Just to remind She returned from a 15-month suspension for doping in mid-April.
“I came in [to New York] not playing a lot of matches,” Sharapova said after she was beaten by Sevastova 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday in a grueling, physical, 2-hour, 17-minute match. “I didn’t have much practice. Obviously, it’s always disappointing to be on the losing end of things. But reflecting back on the week, I can be happy.”
Some of the marquee players objected her return to the tournament and because of that only The French Open, the only major Sharapova has won more than once, took the same position and declined to invite her earlier this year. At the same time started the series of injuries that forced her to pull back from Wimbledon Qualifiers.
Things started changing for Sharapova when USTA offered her a wild card along with the kind of billing offered to a Broadway star. Sharapova Proved her comeback strongly by winning first 3 rounds she did upset by beatng No. 2 seed Simona Halep on the first night of the tournament. Oh Boy! She was getting the rhythm.
“Playing four matches in front of a big crowd and fans, just competing in that environment, that’s what I missed.” Sharapova said. “You can’t replicate that anywhere.”
However it all ended when Sevastova an imposing 6-foot-2 put a stop sign on Sharapova’s dream run.
“I think I allowed the match to become physical,” Sharapova said afterward. “I don’t think I played as aggressive or was stepping in as much as I did in the first set, especially in the beginning of the match. I definitely took a few steps back a little bit and gave her the time to dictate play and get more balls back.”
“I try to play smart,” Sevastava said. “Sometimes it’s an advantage, sometimes not. If she hits you off the court, then you say, ‘Congratulations.’ [But] when they’re hitting, they’re also making mistakes.”
We know where Sevastova goes from here: a second consecutive US Open quarterfinal. This one will come against the resurgent Sloane Stephens.
Sharapova got a good start after 15 month exile, and she knows how important it was. She only has one option ans that is to move forward and focus on the upcoming tournament.
“It’s been a really great ride in the last week,” Sharapova said. “It was an incredible opportunity. I’m very thankful for the opportunity. I did my best. I can be proud of that.”