Sharapova Back in the Quarterfinals at US Open

FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – For the first time since 2006, when she won the US Open title, No. 3 Maria Sharapova has made the quarterfinals by defeating Nadia Petrova 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 in a match interrupted by rain on Sunday night.

With Petrova up 2-0 in the third set the rains came and delayed the match for 75 minutes. It also caused a momentum shift. Sharapova pumped herself up with fist pumps and shouts of “C’mon!”

Sharapova said that during the rain delay her coach told her to get her act together.

In an on-court interview after the match Sharapova said, “I’m so glad to be back in the quarters.  “It’s been so many years.”

Sharapova will meet Marion Bartoli for a spot in the semifinals. The Russian had only dropped seven games through the first three rounds.