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WTA TIANJIN - Sharapova cruised to her second semifinal of the year

13 October, 2017, 17:13 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • Maria Sharapova through to first final since returning from drugs ban after beating Peng Shuai in Tianjin Open

The five-time grand slam champion, soundly beaten by new world number one Simona Halep in the China Open last week, saw off Linette 7-5 6-3 to move into the last eight.

Thursday's victory marks the third last-eight showing of the season for the five-time grand-slam victor from Russian Federation, fighting to revive her ranking after serving a 15-month suspension for using an illegal doctor-prescribed medication.

A couple of out-wide aces and a massive backhand victor, Sharapova sealed the first set 6-3.

Sharapova was broken in the first game of the match but hit back straight away, using her forehand to break down her opponent.

Maria Sharapova reached her second semi-final since returning to tennis in April, hammering Swiss Stefanie Voegele 6-3 6-1 at the Tianjin Open in China.

Third-seeded Peng Shuai of China also advanced to the quarter-finals, beating countrywoman Wang Xiyu 6-2 6-2.

Also in Tianjin, Russia's Maria Sharapova registered a straight-set win over Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu to reach the second round.

Aryna Sabalenka claimed the tenth WTA main draw victory this season as she beat Lin Zhu 6-3 6-4 to reach the second career semifinal at WTA-level after the defeat suffered to Timea Babos at Tashkent earlier this year.

Former No.1 Sharapova saved nine of the 10 break points she faced against the 71st-ranked Linette.

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