Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, wipes sweat from his face between serves against Henri Laaksonen, of Switzerland, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in New York.
Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria, reacts after defeating Vaclav Safranek, of the Czech Republic, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in New York.
Sharapova became the first woman into the third round at the U.S. Open by using 12 aces to help set aside a poor start and coming back to beat Timea Babos of Hungary 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-1 on Wednesday in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
"In the second set, I just felt like I was physically fresh and that gave me a lot of confidence," said the 30-year-old Russian, who wore a strip of black tape on the left forearm that bothered her earlier in the month.
Two other past U.S. Open champions, Juan Martin del Potro and Svetlana Kuznetsova won in the afternoon, while two-time winner Venus Williams faced Oceane Dodin of France at night.
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