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Sharapova is close to the top of her game.

Maria Sharapova will face the new hero of American tennis for the second year running at the US Open after booking her place in the third round at Flushing Meadows.

Sharapova beat Iveta Benesova 6-1 6-2 in just 66 minutes in the second round to set up a last-32 clash with home favourite Beatrice Capra, the 18-year-old having earlier put out France’s Aravane Rezai, the 18th seed.

In the third round last year Sharapova, the 2006 champion, came up against Melanie Oudin and lost in three sets as the 17-year-old went on to reach the quarter-finals.

This time the 23-year-old Russian, the 14th seed, will take on Capra for a place in the last 16 after the 18-year-old, who is making her main tour debut in New York, made the most of claiming a place in the tournament by winning an eight-woman USTA wild card play-off.

“I don’t even want to think about playing Sharapova right now,” Capra added.

“But it would be so amazing if I got to play on Arthur Ashe Stadium. I can’t believe that I just won my first two matches here.

Sharapova, whose career has been disrupted by a serious shoulder injury, said: “It’s really nice to be on court and go out there and not have to worry about anything but having to win.

“At this point last year I am sure I had the same feelings but when you look back you know you were not quite there, your game was not there and you were not ready physically.”


Beatrice Capra defeats Rezai to reach round 3.

American teenager Beatrice Capra upset 18th-seeded Aravane Rezai of France 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 Thursday to reach the third round of the U.S. Open in her Grand Slam debut.

The 18-year-old Capra is the youngest player left in the women’s field and the lowest-ranked, at 371st. She is from Ellicott City, Md., and trains at the Evert Academy in Delray Beach, Fla.

This is the first tour-level, main-draw event of Capra’s career. She knocked off 95th-ranked Karolina Sprem in the opening round. Capra could face Maria Sharapova next.

Capra is even more of an outsider than Melanie Oudin was last year at the U.S. Open when, at age 17, Oudin beat Sharapova en route to the quarterfinals.

Rezai twice has reached the fourth round at major tournaments.

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