Burdette a true student of the game

Updated: August 29, 2012, 8:29 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Mallory Burdette, a senior at Stanford University, is the early surprise of this U.S. Open, inexplicably through to the third round. She probably will play Maria Sharapova in a show-court match Friday.

If she were a professional, Burdette would have banked $37,000, a stout sum by any measure. Instead, she's going to leave the cash behind and head back to school when the improbable run is over.

"I have already checked the amateur box, so if I know correctly, you ...

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