Sharapova beats Stefanie to reach Tianjin Open semi-final

Written By: BBC/Hunja Macharia
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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.

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.

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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