The Serb, returning from a long break with an elbow injury, plays American Donald Young on Margaret Court Arena. There was a heartfelt cheer - and not a hint of rancour - when she stepped onto the court, and an even louder one when her name was proclaimed by the courtside announcer.
"I don't really have a position [on the subject] because that was the first time it was mentioned", he said. "I love what I do".
Sharapova batted away questions as to whether it was appropriate she attend. There were a lot of firsts again for me - playing the first tournament, first grand slam, and just different feelings and what it would be routinely. "With that choice I know that I face difficulties and challenges on the court and that I start from no ranking and that I might start on some outside courts, and I understand that and that's part of the process, and I'm here to work through that.
I'm a competitor and that's why I continue to do it".
The Romanian top seed was nearly blown off the court by the big-hitting 17-year-old Melbourne player in the opening stanza, forced to save two set points at 2-5 and come from 1-3 down to rescue the tie-break. "The moment I don't have that anymore will be a moment I won't play".
Caroline Wozniacki, a former world No. 1, grumbled at last year's US Open about playing on outside courts late into the night while Sharapova was featured at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
It wasn't quite like that last Thursday night when the Russian superstar was invited to carry in the trophy and speak on behalf of the women players at the televised draw, a decision tournament director Craig Tiley was forced to defend when the global media decided it was a highly inappropriate glorification of a recently convicted drugs offender.
Trump defends self after comments, says: 'I am not a racist' But Senator Dick Durbin insisted the United States leader had used "hate-filled, vile and racist language during the meeting". Trump tweeted earlier Sunday that the program is " probably dead " and blamed Democrats. "I think they were, yes".
No. 20 Barbora Strycova's 6-1, 7-5 win over wild-card entry Kristie Ahn and Aliaksandra Sasnovich beat Christina McHale 6-3, 6-2 to make it 2 for 13 for the US women so far. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara ) Britain's Johanna Konta, right, is congratulated by United States' Madison Brengle as she won their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018.
Sharapova was a class above in the opening set as she broke in the first game but Maria produced a spirited display in the second.
Sharapova, now ranked 48th, is one of two former Australian Open champions in the women's field, alongside Angelique Kerber.
"I know that nothing will be handed to me or anyone", she said. It's too far to tell. "I'm not overly confident (about winning the tournament) but I have expectations because of the previous results through my career". I have to back off sometimes, and say this will take time.
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Madison Keys also reversed a trend, becoming the only one of the four American women who contested the US Open semifinals last September to reach the second round in Australia.
It was just a week ago that his participation in Melbourne looked in doubt after skipping an exhibition in Abu Dhabi and pulling out of Doha as the defending champion.
The five-time major champion said it was her choice to return, though, and she relished every moment of it in Tuesday's 6-1, 6-4 victory over Tatjana Maria.
Minnesota played in four Super Bowls from 1969 and 1976 without a victory, and the Vikings haven't reached the big game since. Roethlisberger's last rushing attempt came against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 12 of the 2015 season, per NFL Research.
Pope's apology comes at a time when attacks on the Catholic churches in Chile have increased significantly over the past week. A planned mass on Tuesday morning in Santiago is expected to attract more than 500,000 people, government officials said.
Pro Wrestling Sheet has confirmed Jey Uso was arrested over the weekend in Texas for allegedly driving while intoxicated. They've been among the top performers on SmackDown Live and helped carry the show's tag team division.
A new report from DigiTimes claims that Apple has no plans to make any major upgrades to it's MacBook Pro lineup in 2018. It appears Apple will be increasing its MacBook supply from Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) this year.
The person believes the discrepancy may be why some Republican senators are denying having heard the president say "shithouse". Protesters carried Haitian flags and signs with messages including "peace, love, power, dream".
The minds behind one of Marvel's most successful movies of 2017 are switching sides to helm an upcoming DC Comics film adventure. As it were though, the pair's collaborations together won't extend to behind the camera on Flashpoint .
"I was pleased with the players that came into the team - they played some good moves, quickly, especially second half". Leicester striker Jamie Vardy added: "This man got the goals and has shown that VAR does work".
He said "it could have been a compliment and a nice sending off for Erna Solberg as a trusted U.S. partner", Heldahl said. There are nearly 800,000 young DACA beneficiaries who will face imminent deportation in March if we do not reach a deal.
Jurado is also seen holding a rose which symbolizes her birthplace of Guadalajara, Mexico, nicknamed the city of roses. Her best-known Mexican performance was in the film Nosotros los Pobres ("We the Poor"), which was released in 1948.
Indian smartphone maker Karbonn has added a new smartphone to its Titanium-series of phones in the form of Titanium Frames S7. In the camera department, the smartphone comes equipped with a 13-megapixel snapper both at the rear as well as the front.
Jessica Falkholt has died
Following reports her life support had been turned off , Home and Away tweeted: "Rest in peace, handsome Jessica Falkholt ". The Falkholts were injured when Craig Whitall crashed into the family's vehicle after leaving a methadone clinic.
Stoke City settle on Paul Lambert as new manager
Stoke City are winless in their last 17 trips to Manchester United in all competitions (D2 L15), since a 1-0 win in April 1976. Stoke named a strong side for the game against Coventry but it was not enough for them to make it into the fourth-round draw.
We want immigrants 'from everywhere' to come to US
A US judge ruled last Tuesday that DACA should remain in effect until legal challenges brought in multiple courts are resolved. When it came to talk of extending protections for Haitians, Mr Durbin said Mr Trump replied: "We don't need more Haitians'".
Erdogan: NATO must resist US Syria plan
For much of the war, the United States and Turkey worked together, jointly supporting forces fighting against Assad's government. The SDF now controls almost 25 percent of Syria's territory along the borders with Turkey and Iraq.
Donald Trump: I'm least racist person you have seen
One insider believes the discrepancy may be why some Republican senators are denying having heard the president say " shithole ". Nigeria is far from being the first country to demonstarate its protest about the U.S. president's racially-charged comments.