Tianjin Open: Maria Sharapova cruises to quarterfinals

Tianjin Open: Maria Sharapova cruises to quarterfinals

Tianjin Open: Maria Sharapova cruises to quarterfinals

Sharapova, who returned from a 15-month ban in April, has yet to drop a set in Tianjin. 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. Not particularly aggressive or accurate in her first return games, Sharapova started to find the exact range off the forehand side.

Russia's Maria Sharapova has defeated Swiss qualifier Stefanie Vogele in the quarterfinal of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tournament held in China's Tianjin. But Voegele quickly let Sharapova back on serve, double faulting down break point in the very next game.

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The former world number one bossed the second set, surging into a 4-0 lead as she wasted no time in dispatching Voegele.

Also on Thursday, Lin Zhu cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 win over Chinese Taipei's Su-Wei Hsieh, Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka posted a 6-3, 6-3 triumph versus China's Ying-Ying Duan and Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo needed three sets to record a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 victory over China's Yafan Wang.

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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.

In the semifinals, Sharapova will play the victor of the match between Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain and No.3 seed Peng Shuai, the defending champion and hometown heroine.

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