Maria Sharapova is back, whether her critics like it or not


The bottom half's semifinal could be No. 2 Andy Murray vs.

With Wawrinka and Serbian tennis phenom Novak Djokovic out, does this mean top player Roger Federer can win three of the four Grand Slams this year?

The potential men's quarterfinals: Nadal against Grigor Dimitrov, Federer against Dominic Thiem, Murray against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Zverev against 2014 champion Marin Cilic.

Federer opens against USA teen Frances Tiafoe on Tuesday, the same day Nadal meets Serbian Dusan Lajovic in his first-round match. Rafa, the world No. 1, the top seed and a two-time former champion, crowned in 2010 and 2013.

"I'm aware of what many of my peers have said about me and how critical of me some of them have been".

"But I'll prepare myself the best way possible, so that I will have the best chance to really excel there in NY". I did my practice normally. There you have it.

Between Kerber and Halep, the matter of Sharapova's wild card is an issue more pertinent to the latter.

Spanish top seed Rafael Nadal and Swiss third seed Roger Federer are in the same half of the US Open men's singles draw - released Friday - and could meet in the semi-finals. "It just sounds totally surreal to me", Federer said.

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MADISON KEYS: I don't think any tennis fan in the world is not going to have that match on.

"Depends on what the fans want".

"For me, I think about Lajovic".

That's because Sharapova was drawn to face one of the best players in the 128-player women's bracket, No. 2-seeded Simona Halep.

Epa05933196 Maria Sharapova of Russian Federation returns against Anett Kontaveit of Estonia during their quarter-final match at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, 28 April 2017.

Sharapova, who did not hold a pre-tournament news conference, is 6-0 against Halep over their careers and 10-0 in first-round matches at Flushing Meadows. According to Halep, she has "had very tough draws every time nearly". "Of course was a little bit, like, 'How is possible again?' Just first round of a Grand Slam". Federer and Nadal have wound back the clock in 2017, and they have dominated taking the previous Grand Slam events. She, however, has defeated Halep on all six occasions that they have played, including the French Open final in 2014. Halep made very similar remarks: "About wildcard, the tournament decided, so they can do anything they want". "It's not my position to talk about this". I guess she-you know, she will improve the tournament. I respect what she's done and how she seems to have recognised where parts of her game are weak, like mentally, and she's gotten in touch or worked with the right people to get herself in a better frame of mind more often.

"I don't think we're both thinking that far ahead". Garbiee Muguruza won her second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon 2017, becoming the first woman to win back-to-back Grand Slam titles since Serena Williams, after previously winning the French Open in 2016, a feat which sees her installed as favourite here at 4/1, probably rightly so.