Maria Sharapova thrives under New York night sky again as Jelena Ostapenko is crushed

Maria Sharapova after victory

Maria Sharapova continued her love affair with the bright lights of New York by winning her 22nd US Open night match out of 23 on Saturday.

The five-time Grand Slam and 2006 Flushing Meadows champion looked in absolutely fine form crushing Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-2.

“There’s no doubt I feed off this energy. We all spend so much time on the back courts with our teams practicing,” Sharapova said.

“When you get a chance to come out here why not give everything that you have.”

“I played her in Rome this year,” said Ostapenko of Sharapova.

“It was a very long match. I mean, you have to really play almost all the match on a very high level to win it.

She’s a top player. You have to focus a lot”.

Sharapova will face Carla Suarez Navarro next, after she upset sixth seed Caroline Garcia.

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