Kenin is an 18-year-old American with very little experience under her belt on this stage, but we know the NY crowd will be behind her as much as they can.
Sharapova, making her first U.S. Open appearance since 2014, had played only one tournament match since May before she ousted Halep. Both of her matches were contested on the event's largest stage. "Coming down from that and ending up on the winning side and knowing that there are many matches ahead of you, you just have to settle down".
No one, not even Maria Sharapova herself, knew quite what to expect from her return to Grand Slam tennis at the US Open. Or maybe she just doesn't want to see that. Said Ramos: "I can not repeat what he said you said". Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza (+600 on the US Open odds), Petra Kvitova (+1400), Venus Williams (+1400) and Caroline Wozniacki (+1600) are all in the same quarter of the draw and the toll of getting to the semifinal could leave the survivor too taxed for the final two matches.
Top ranked American and 10th seed John Isner powered down 30 aces in a 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 win over Hyeon Chung of South Korea.
Former world number one Maria Sharapova has become the first player to reach the third round at Flushing Meadows after the 2006 champion came from a set down to defeat Timea Babos and continue her charge through the draw.
The unseeded Sharapova dropped a first-set tiebreak before earning a 6-7, 6-4.
Svitolina bested Katerina Siniakova in three sets, 6-0, 6-7 (5), 6-3. She holds a career Grand Slam on her resume and more than $36 million in her bank account.
In her remarkable victory on the opening day over the world No 2, Simona Halep, the support for Sharapova in Arthur Ashe Stadium was overwhelming.
When asked whether the sleeve was fashion or function, she replied: 'Definitely not fashion.
Assuming her 6-foot 2-inch frame can recover from Monday's classic, the more powerful Sharapova should have the upper hand against the shorter 24-year-old from Hungary.
She already has spent almost five hours on court, and so perhaps the yelling and fist-pumping she showed at the end against Babos were as much a reflection of a sense of relief as celebration.
The Russian, who had a strapping on her left forearm that has recently caused problems, was left awaiting an American, either wildcard Sofia Kenin, or qualifier Sachia Vickery.
Zverev, never past the fourth round at a major, was beaten 6-3, 5-7, 6-7 (1), 6-7 (4) by fellow 20-year-old Borna Coric, and 2008 Australian Open finalist Tsonga put up little resistance while losing 4-6, 4-6, 6-7 (3) to 18-year-old Canadian qualifier Denis Shapovalov.