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Stanford's Mallory Burdette reaches third round

Mallory Burdette, of the United States, serves to

Mallory Burdette, of the United States, serves to Marion Bartoli, of France, during the Bank of the West tennis tournament in Stanford, Calif. (July 12, 2012) Credit: AP

Mallory Burdette wants to be a psychiatrist.

The Stanford senior was pretty much committed to that goal, graduating and moving onto med school.

That's until the U.S. Open. Now, there are other considerations.

Burdette won her second-round match against Lucie Hradecka yesterday, 6-2, 6-4, and next faces her idol, Maria Sharapova, who beat Lourdes Dominguez Lino, 6-0, 6-1.

The 21-year-old who was born in Georgia earned a wild card this summer with her play on the USTA Pro circuit, where she competed as an amateur. The NCAA All-American won a tournament in Vancouver that virtually guaranteed she would get an invite to the Open.

"To end up here at the U.S. Open was a huge surprise,'' Burdette said.

Third-round losers in the Open would get $65,000, but not Burdette. "I already checked the amateur box,'' she said.

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