NEW YORK (AP) — If Maria Sharapova's opponent Wednesday at the U.S. Open takes a medical timeout, the five-time major champion wouldn't mind seeing that come at a cost.
Sharapova was asked after her first-round victory at Flushing Meadows what tennis rule she would like to change if she ran the sport, and — tongue-in-cheek — she mentioned charging for breaks players are allowed to take to get a visit from a doctor during a match.
"I think we'd all see who really uses them and who doesn't," said 2006 U.S. Open champion Sharapova, who faces Alexandra Dulgheru in Arthur Ashe Stadium in the second round. "I don't know what we put on it — maybe like $2,500 or something. Yeah, I think we should do that. That would be fun."
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DIMITROV WANTS MORE: For years, Grigor Dimitrov has been pegged as the next big thing in men's tennis. He even got tagged with a nickname, "Baby Fed," that attached his potential to the prowess of Roger Federer.
Dimitrov, 23, reached his first Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon last month, before losing in that round to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.
Now Dimitrov, who begins his U.S. Open by facing Ryan Harrison of the United States on Wednesday, wants more.
"I'm happy to be at that stage," the seventh-seeded Dimitrov said, "but now my ultimate goal is to get even higher: Why not win a Slam?"
VENUS WANTS DOUBLES TITLE, TOO: Two of Venus Williams' seven Grand Slam singles trophies came at the U.S. Open, but she hasn't been past the second round in New York since 2010.
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