Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Sharapova reaches Tianjin tennis semis

Sharapova reaches Tianjin tennis semis

Petra Kvitova, also seeded second, suffered a shock defeat in her first-round match at the Tianjin Open.

Maria Sharapova beat Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele to reach the Tianjin Open semi-finals. The 30-year-old Sharapova, who returned to tennis in April after serving a suspension for taking the banned substance meldonium, has yet to win a tournament since then. "I feel like I made a few too many errors on my return game which ultimately led to a hard first set but once I broke her early in that second set, I played a really good aggressive game and I felt like I had the momentum in the second". In the eighth game, a streak of those return near the opponent's body helped Sharapova to move 0-40 up.

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 victor. Voegele started the second suffering an early break in the opening game and never came back.

For a spot in the semifinals, Sharapova will play qualifier Stefanie Voegele, a 6-2, 6-3 victor over fifth seed Yulia Putintseva in one hour and 37 minutes.

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

Sharapova converted all four of her break points to set up a meeting with Poland's Magda Linette.

In the other quarterfinal tie, Aryna Sabalenka beat local hope Lin Zhu 6-3, 6-4 and she will play Sara Errani.

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