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)
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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.