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Maria Sharapova beats Switzerland's Vogele to reach Tianjin Open semifinals

13 October 2017

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

Former World No.1 Maria Sharapova put on another banner performance at the Tianjin Open on Friday, as the Russian raced past Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele, 6-3, 6-1, to advance to the semifinals. 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.

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Voegele brought the game to deuce thanks to a couple of backhand unforced errors.

Second seed Williams, playing in her second match since the US Open, lost 7-5 6-2 to the Japanese, who is ranked 64th in the world. Sharapova credited the victory to her aggressive game in the opening set, the momentum of which carried her all the way to the second set and the victory. Sharapova hit a couple of double faults in the fourth game but the Swiss didn't manage to break back.

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Sharapova took command at the end of the set.

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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Linette is to wind up the season at next week's WTA International event in Luxembourg.

Maria Sharapova beats Switzerland's Vogele to reach Tianjin Open semifinals