Murray, Sharapova into Second Round of the US Open

FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Third seeds Andy Murray and Maria Sharapova have reached the US Open second round on Monday with straight set victories.

Despite the 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 win over Russian Alex Bogomolov, he struggled at times with his serve and play in general.

“I just didn’t serve that well” Murray told media.  “Didn’t serve well most of the match.  That was why I actually felt okay.  I mean, I lost serve, then I broke straight back I think both times.

“It was more the serving.  I just didn’t serve that well.

“I won in three sets.  You know, I didn’t serve very well.  Only lost seven games in three sets, so I must have done something well today.

“Bogomolov, you know, I think he was seeded here last year.  He made the third round.  He plays his best tennis on the hard courts.  He’s a tough player.

“I played fairly well from the back of the court.  I just would have liked to have served a bit better because, you know, I wasn’t getting many free points on my serve.

“Because of that, there were a lot more rallies.  When he’s in a rhythm, he’s tough to break down.”

Sharapova cruised past Melinda Czink of Hungary 6-2, 6-2 on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“ It’s been a few weeks,” said the Russian who has been out of action since the Olympics with a stomach virus.  “It was a nice break in a way, but after so many weeks of practicing, you’re just eager to get back on the court.

“The tournament almost seems a little bit easier because the practice is a little bit shorter getting ready to play matches.  It’s so much better than having practice weeks, to be honest.

“But I was happy with the way I came out.  Never played my opponent before.  A lefty.  Conditions weren’t exactly perfect.  Overall I played steady, but there’s room for improvement, that’s for sure.”

Karen Pestaina is covering the US Open as media for Tennis Panorama News. Follow her updates on twitter at @TennisNewsTPN.