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Sharapova rallies to outlast Dulgheru

U.S. Open

NEW YORK — Maria Sharapova’s serve and her groundstrokes were abandoning her. What she had was her conditioning.
The five-time major champion rallied from a set down to beat 95th-ranked Alexandra Dulgheru 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the second round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday. Sharapova overcame nine double-faults and 46 unforced errors to improve her record in three-set matches this year to 17-6.
Dulgheru had played just twice since mid-July, and she was dragging as the match approached two hours late in the second set.
On a hot, windy day, with the shadows shifting as late afternoon turned ...


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