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Alec Baldwin's impressive US Open catch during Maria Sharapova match

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When you consider sport's dangerous for spectators, I guess you wouldn't rank tennis highly. Nope, you've got more chance of being clonked by a big six in cricket or even a lacklustre striker's attempt on goal in football.

However, famous actor Alec Baldwin proved that you may need some wits about you if you're heading to the US Open this year. The 56-year-old showed quick reflexes to catch a ball in Maria Sharapova's opener in New York.

Baldwin, who has appeared in films such as 'Notting Hill'and 'The Aviator' as well as winning a Golden Globe for Best Actor in popular American comedy '30 Rock', caught a stray ball which flew in his direction thanks to Sharapova's opponent Maria Kirilenko.

Catch

After impressing the applauding crowd with his catch, Baldwin then handed the ball back to the ball-boys. 

The moment of comedy didn't manage to deter Sharapova as she eased past compatriot Kirilenko, her former doubles partner, with a comprehensive 6-4 6-0 win.

The 27-year-old will be hoping for another good run at the US Open after an encouraging year in which the Russian has already won the French Open.

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Famous spectators

Any famous faces looking to cheer on the world no.6 as she goes for her second US Open title may opt out of pitching up in the VIP seats after witnessing Baldwin's catch. The sport has a number of high-profile spectators.

At Wimbledon, in the summer, big names such as David Beckham and Tom Daley turned out on Centre Court to take in some Grand Slam action.

Sharapova, however, will be keen to avoid any further bother in relation to famous faces watching her matches.

Abuse

The five-time major winner received a barrage of social media abuse from angry fans of Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. The storm brewed as the former world no.1 failed to recognise Tendulakr's name when asked about his appearance at one of her SW19 matches.

Instead she'll be better off focusing on repeating her last New York heroics which came almost eight years ago. 

US Open challenge

The fifth seed will face Alexandra Dulgheru, world no.99, in round two and will be expected to progress to the later rounds.

However, in a tough draw for Sharapova, former Grand Slam finalists Sabine Lisicki and Caroline Wozniacki are potential third and fourth round opponents. 

Thus far, with day one completed, there haven't been any major shocks in the women's draw. Sharapova was victorious alongside the likes of world no.2 Simona Halep and Anqelique Kerber.

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