Maria Sharapova has been inspired by the reaction from fans, and felt the respect from other players, since coming back from her 15-month doping ban, the Russian told reporters following her second-round victory at the U.S. Open on Wednesday.
“I’ve had an amazing reaction from fans since I’ve been back and that’s been very special. I mean, I felt it while I was away. I felt it in a real presence since I’ve been back,” she said.
“It’s a very special feeling.”
Sharapova won an electric three-setter against world number two Simona Halep on Monday to get the tournament off to a thrilling start.
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