Sharapova beats Stefanie to reach Tianjin Open semi-final

Written By: BBC/Hunja Macharia

Maria Sharapova reached her first semi-final since returning from a doping ban as she beat Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele at the Tianjin Open.

The Russian took one hour and five minutes to beat Voegele, ranked 196th in the world, 6-3 6-1 in China.

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

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She will face either Sara Sorribes Tormo or third seed Peng Shuai next.

Sharapova, who returned from a 15-month ban in April, has yet to drop a set in Tianjin.

After taking the first set with a love hold, the world number 86 won five consecutive games to take control of the second, before sealing the match with a forehand winner.

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In the Shanghai rolex masters, World number one Rafael Nadal is up against Gregor Dimitrov in the quarter finals while world number Roger Federer will face Richard Gasquet in the quarters.

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Marin Cilic has already qualified for the semifinals after dispatching Ramos Vinolas 6/3, 6/4 in straight sets.

World number 16 Juan Del Potro is also in the quarterfinals where he will face unseeded Viktor Troicki.

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