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Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep avoid answering about Maria Sharapova's wild card

Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep avoid answering about Maria Sharapova's wild card

The Swiss, 36, struggled with a back problem as he lost to Alexander Zverev in Montreal two weeks ago.

Shaking off criticism after the French Open snub, Sharapova tweeted, "If this is what it takes to rise up again, then I am in it all the way, everyday".

Three of the top five men in the rankings are out because of injuries: past champions Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka. The Russian made a decision to withdraw from all her previous tournaments prior the last Grand Slam of the year in order to be fully fit to compete.

Nadal leads their career head-to-head 23-14 but Federer has won their last four matches, three of which were played on hard court this season: in the Australian Open final, the Indian Wells round of 16 and the Miami Open final. He surprisingly withdrew from the U.S. Open on Sunday, citing the injury as the reason.

Nadal will take on Serbia's Dusan Lajovic in the first round, while seventh-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, fresh off capturing his first-ever ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati, looms as a possible quarterfinal opponent.

"If you want to have matches like the three finals I played here with Novak, the kind of match the crowd is more involved because the points are so long, well, you can not expect play 50 shots' rally and in 25 seconds be ready to play the next point". I feel quite well coming into this Open. I've been on site all week watching the top players practice and a bit of the qualifying tournament. There you have it.

"I was bummed out, because I heard it was so much fun", Wozniacki told PIX11. "I don't have a problem giving her one or not giving her one". "I don't think any tennis fan in the world is not going to have that match on. I don t think we re both thinking that far ahead".

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"It depends on what the fans want".

Maria Sharapova's first Grand Slam match in more than a year will come against second seed Simona Halep at the US Open. She has been troubled by injuries following her return and is now ranked No 147 in the world, which meant she could not go directly into the main draw here without a wild card.

On Sunday in Cincinnati, Halep had the chance to earn the No. 1 ranking if she won the tournament, but was dominated by No. 3 Garbine Muguruza, 6-1, 6-0.

"Overall I think the inspiration is being here, really", Sharapova said in a video on the US Open website.

"Of course it was a little bit like, 'How is this possible again?" Just first round of a Grand Slam.

Most assuredly, NY fans love nothing more than a show and Nadal can't wait to give them one when he opens play Tuesday. "It's not my position to talk about this". "It's a good story for the tournament that she's back". 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 think it all depends on the day, as well. Maybe I just played bad.