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Maria Sharapova into Tianjin Open semi-final

13 October, 2017, 19:27 | Author: Leah Owens
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The former world No. 1 and five-time Grand Slam victor took just over an hour to win 6-3, 6-1 in China.

Maria Sharapova made an impressive start to the Tianjin Open on Wednesday by beating Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu in straight sets.

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

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Sharapova has not added to her huge haul of titles since returning from a doping ban, but remains in the hunt for a 36th WTA Tour singles success after claiming the only break of the first set and two in the second to prevail. Sharapova credited the victory to her aggressive game in the opening set, the momentum of which carried her all the way to the second set and the victory.

The Russian tennis player, with 6-3 and 6-1 sets, has risen to semifinals, leaving 2-0 victorious.

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.

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In the semifinals, Sharapova will play the victor of the match between Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain and No.3 seed Peng Shuai, the defending champion and hometown heroine.

Italian Sara Errani downed Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil 6-4 4-6 6-3, while American Christina McHale accounted for Maria Sakkari of Greece 6-0 6-4.

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