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Maria Sharapova into Tianjin Open semi-final

Sharapova into Tianjin Open semi-final
By PA Sport

13/10/2017 at 15:17Updated 13/10/2017 at 16:35

Maria Sharapova breezed into the semi-finals of the Tianjin Open with a comfortable straight sets victory against Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele.

The former world number one and five-time Grand Slam winner too just over an hour to win 6-3, 6-1 in China.

Sharapova lost her first service game but fought back to draw level before going on to take the opening set with a hold to love.

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Voegele presented Sharapova with three match points when she made her eighth double fault when serving at 5-1 down and the Russian sealed the match with a forehand winner.

Sharapova, targeting a first title since returning to the tour in April following a drugs ban, will face third-seed Peng Shuai of China after she thrashed Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-0, 6-1.

In the other quarter-final tie, Aryna Sabalenka beat local hope Zhu Lin 6-3, 6-4 and she will play the winner of the match between Christina McHale and Sara Errani.

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