August 30, 2017 / 2:46 PM / a year ago

Sharapova back in the spotlight at U.S. Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova returns to action at the U.S. Open on Wednesday against Hungary’s Timea Babos, looking to prove she has the stamina to back up her opening-round win against Simona Halep.

Aug 28, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Maria Sharapova of Russia waves to the crowd after her match against Simona Halep of Romania (not pictured) on day one of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Back on the grand slam scene after a 15-month doping ban, the Russian defeated the world number two and has since been tipped as a tournament favourite.

Hers will be the third match of the day in Arthur Ashe Stadium, where Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, who has an ongoing lawsuit against the U.S. Tennis Association over a locker room accident in 2015, opens proceedings with a first-round clash with Russian Evgeniya Rodina.

Play on outdoor courts was disrupted by rain on Tuesday, forcing organisers to reshuffle the schedule but Wednesday is expected to be a sunny day at Flushing Meadows.

Former champion and crowd favourite Venus Williams kicks off the later session against France’s Oceane Dodin. The American won the tournament in 2000 and 2001.

Another former champion, Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, starts his campaign on Arthur Ashe against Swiss Henri Laaksonen.

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Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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