MARIA SHARAPOVA WINS AGAIN AT OPEN; NO. 4 ZVEREV, NO. 8 TSONGA OUT

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Sharapova gets through another 3-setter to enter 3rd round; Tsonga, Wozniacki knocked out

It had been 19 months since she had entered a major tournament. She played only nine times anywhere since a 15-month doping suspension ended in April. Two three-set tussles into her stay at Flushing Meadows, it’s clear that Sharapova’s game might be patchy, but she is as capable as ever of coming up with big strokes in big moments — and maybe, just maybe, could stick around for a while in a depleted draw that’s already missing four of the top seven seeded women.

Sharapova became the first woman into the third round at the US 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.

Her victory was the highlight of a busy day that featured 87 singles matches on the schedule after rain washed out most play a day earlier. With so many matches going on, there were plenty of names to keep tabs on — and quite a few surprises. The most noteworthy second-round departures came at night: No 4 Alexander Zverev and No 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the men’s bracket, and No 5 Caroline Wozniacki in the women’s.

Past US Open champions advancing included Venus Williams and Marin Cilic into the third round, and Juan Martin del Potro and Svetlana Kuznetsova — who saved three match points — into the second. No 14 Nick Kyrgios, No 22 Fabio Fognini, No 26 Richard Gasquet and No 27 Pablo Cuevas all lost their openers.