New York: Former champion Maria Sharapova won the last 10 games to defeat former doubles partner and childhood friend Maria Kirilenko 6-4, 6-0 to reach the US Open second round Monday. (Also read:Seeded players feel the US Open heat right away)
Fifth seed Sharapova, the 2006 champion in New York, rallied from 2-4 down in the first set to take victory and set up a clash with Romania's Alexandra Dulgheru for a spot in the last 64.
The Russian superstar missed last year's tournament with a season-ending shoulder injury. (Andy Murray survives scare, reaches 2nd round)