Maria Sharapova trounces Stefanie Voegele to reach Tianjin Open semi-finals

Maria Sharapova trounces Stefanie Voegele to reach Tianjin Open semi-finals

Thursday's victory marks the third last-eight showing of the season for the five-time grand-slam victor from Russian Federation, fighting to revive her ranking after serving a 15-month suspension for using an illegal doctor-prescribed medication. 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.

Sharapova advanced to the second round to face Poland's Magda Linette, who overcame dropping the first set to record a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 win over Ukraine's Kateryna Bondarenko.

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

Peng stayed in the hunt to retain her title on home soil with a brutal 6-0 6-1 demolition of Sara Sorribes Tormo.

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

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The 30-year-old Russian next plays Stefanie Voegele.

Sharapova was broken in the first game of the match but hit back straight away, using her forehand to break down her opponent.

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 of Belarus is also through to the quarters, beating Zhu Lin of China 6-3 6-4.

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