Maria Sharapova Pulls Off Win On Day One Of Open

Maria Sharapova following her Aug. 29, 2011 win at the U.S. Open. (Hayden Roger Celestin Image)

Maria Sharapova following her Aug. 29, 2011 win at the U.S. Open. (Hayden Roger Celestin Image)
News Americas, FLUSHING, NY, Tues. Aug. 30, 2011: Despite trailing from a set and a break down against 19-year-old Heather Watson of Britain, Maria Sharapova came back to win Monday.

Sharapova won 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 on Monday, the first day of the Open at the Arthur Ashe stadium in Flushing, Queens to improve to 12-0 this year.

“It’s just a matter of belief within myself, that no matter how well or bad or good I’m playing, or my opponent is playing, I know I can tough it out,” Sharapova said after her 2 1/2-hour victory. “No matter what the situation is, I have the belief.”

Sharapova has won six Grand Slam matches at Wimbledon alone this summer.