NEW YORK (AP) — Maria Sharapova rallied from a set down to overcome a shaky serve and advance at the U.S. Open.
The five-time major champion beat 95th-ranked Alexandra Dulgheru 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the second round Wednesday. She had nine double-faults and 46 unforced errors, but her conditioning was the difference.
Dulgheru had played just twice since mid-July, and she was dragging as the match approached two hours late in the second set. Dulgheru has never been past the third round at a Grand Slam tournament and fell to 3-14 against top-10 opponents.
The fifth-seeded Sharapova won her second French Open title in June but hasn't looked all that sharp since. She avoided another upset on the women's side Wednesday after fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska and 21st-seeded Sloane Stephens lost earlier.