Sharapova survives as upsets rock US Open

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NEW YORK: World No.2 Simona Halep and two-time champion Venus Williams tumbled out of the US Open on Friday (Saturday in Manila), but Maria Sharapova bucked the upset trend that rocked the women’s draw. Sharapova emerged with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over German 26th seed Sabine Lisicki. Croatian Mirjana Lucic-Baroni shocked second-seeded Halep, the French Open runner-up, 7-6 (8/6), 6-2. The reward for the 121st-ranked Lucic-Baroni is a fourth-round meeting with 13th-seeded Italian Sara Errani, who thwarted Williams 6-0, 0-6, 7-6 (7/5).

AFP

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