NEW YORK — Maria Sharapova hadn’t played a tennis match since she lost to Serena Williams, winning only a game at the Olympics with the gold medal on the line. And it might have seemed Sharapova had been mostly absent in London against Williams as well.
But Monday on Arthur Ashe Stadium Court at the U.S. Open, Sharapova was regally dominant. She beat Hungarian veteran Melinda Czink, 6-2, 6-2. She had a seven-game winning streak against Czink and won 12 of 13 points during one stretch.