Sharapova triumphs in Tianjin opener

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Sharapova recorded three aces to aid in the pursuit of her first tournament victory since returning from a 15-month suspension for taking the banned substance meldonium.

Sharopova, China semi-finals UAV All sports News Introduction Date: 13.10.2017 13:12 update Date: 13.10.2017 13:17 Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova, in Tianjin Open tennis tournament, defeated Stefanie Voeele 2-0 and put his name on finale. The five-times Grand Slam victor exited the China Open last week in the third round at the hands of Romania's Simona Halep, the newly crowned world number one.

Sharapova was broken in the first game but fought back to draw level before going on to take the first set with a hold to love.

She will face either Sara Sorribes Tormo or third seed Peng Shuai next. At 4-3, Voegele fended off triple break point, but a service return victor gave the Russian a fourth opportunity, and Voegele double faulted down break point again to give away another of her service games.

In the end, her eighth double fault and two massive winners helped Sharapova to clinch the 14th win of the season.

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

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

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