Usually on the first night of the U.S. Open, one of the top players in the world plays someone who barely made it into the tournament. The matches end pretty quickly, the crowd has a few drinks, and everyone goes home relatively early. But not last night.

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova played world No. 2 Simona Halep in a match that felt more like a Grand Slam final than an opening night match. Sharapova was only in the tournament because she was granted a wild card spot — something the last two Grand Slam tournaments — the F…
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