Sharapova in Tianjin Open Quarter-Finals

Ruben Hill
October 12, 2017

The Russian made a fine start to her comeback in Stuttgart in April by making the semifinals but had fallen short of the last eight at each event since.

Tianjin: Maria Sharapova progressed to the Tianjin Open quarter-finals as she chases her first tournament victory since returning from a doping ban, BBC reported.

However, she has been in decent form in China and was a 7-5 6-3 victor against Magda Linette in the second round in Tianjin.

Also in Tianjin, Russia's Maria Sharapova registered a straight-set win over Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu to reach the second round.

"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", she added.

The Russian's first-serve percentage was only 59 per cent, but she was able to overpower the Pole and saved nine break points to get the job done in two sets, setting up a meeting with Stefanie Voegele - who ousted Yulia Putintseva in the final match of the day.

After rain interrupted the opening days of the tournament, Sharapova said: "It's been a long wait for everyone, it hasn't been easy".

Two singles matches were played - Jennifer Brady upset eighth seed Zhang Shuai 6-3 6-4 while Wang Qiang defeated Luksika Kumkhum 6-4 6-4.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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