Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Sharapova trounces Swiss qualifier to reach Tianjin semis

Sharapova trounces Swiss qualifier to reach Tianjin semis

Maria Sharapova equalled her best performance since returning from a doping suspension as she breezed into the Tianjin Open semi-finals on Friday.

Sharapova got off to an inauspicious start, as three unforced errors and a double fault handed Voegele a break lead in the opening game of the match. But the Russian delivered a down the line forehand victor and put pressure on the Swiss No.196 who lost her serve for the second time as she hit a second double fault on the fourth break point.

The Russian took one hour and five minutes to beat Voegele, ranked 196th in the world, 6-3 6-1 in China.

Maria Sharapova cruised into the quarterfinals of the Tianjin Open on Thursday with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Poland's Madga Linette in Tianjin, China.

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"We did a really good job of holding serve in the first set", Sharapova said after the match.

The successful tennis player will face third seeded in semifinals and Chinese Shuai Peng, champion of past year.

The third seed took just an hour to move into the last four, losing only nine points on serve in a quarter-final which was something of a non-contest.

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.

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