In 2009 US Open, Sharapova was defeated by an unknown American, Melanie Oudin. But on Saturday, Sep 4, Arthur Ashe Stadium, the world's biggest tennis venue, watched a different Sharapova, more determined to win the match at any cost and she succeeded.
Sharapova thrashed Beatrice Capra 6-0, 6-0 and will face top seed Caroline Wozniacki for a spot in the quarterfinals. Sharapova's experience was evident at the outset, with the 2006 US Open champion choosing to receive serve in the opening game given the tricky conditions and likelihood that Capra would need time to settle her nerves.
"This was a new day. And what happened in 2009, I didn't really want to go into the match thinking about it," said Sharapova after the match.
Capra was the youngest and lowest-ranked player, 371st rank, to advance to the third round, as well as the only amateur.
"It's nothing but positives for me. I beat Aravane Rezai, a top-20 player in the world, in the second round. I had a really good first round. I mean, playing against Maria in Arthur Ashe-yeah, I'd like to do better. But that was amazing," said Capra.