Maria Sharapova trounces Stefanie Voegele to reach Tianjin Open semifinals

Maria 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.

By: Reuters | Published: October 13, 2017 4:19 pm
Maria Sharapova, Stefanie Voegele, Tianjin Open, Aryna Sabalenka Maria Sharapova is targeting her first title since returning to the tour in April. (Source: AP)

Maria Sharapova swatted aside Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele 6-3, 6-1 in just over an hour at the Tianjin Open on Friday to reach her second semi-final since returning from a 15-month doping ban.

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. The former world number one, targeting a first title since returning to the tour in April, raced to a 4-0 lead in the second set as an error-prone Voegele struggled on serve.

Voegele handed Sharapova three match points when she made her eighth double fault of the contest while trailing 5-1. The Russian sealed the match with a forehand winner and will meet defending champion Peng Shuai on Saturday.

Peng eased past Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-0 6-1 while Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus beat local hope Zhu Lin 6-3 6-4 in another quarterfinal and awaits the winner of the match between Christina McHale and Sara Errani.

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