Tianjin Open: Maria Sharapova beats Stefanie Voegele to reach semi-final

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Petra Kvitova, also seeded second, suffered a shock defeat in her first-round match at the Tianjin Open.

Sharopova, China semi-finals UAV All sports News Introduction Date: 13.10.2017 13:12 update Date: 13.10.2017 13:17 Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova, in Tianjin Open tennis tournament, defeated Stefanie Voeele 2-0 and put his name on finale. Sharapova is still looking for her first title since returning from a 15-month suspension due to the use of a banned substance.

The former No.1 dictated the pace of the rallies from the centre and offered Voegele flat and deep returns that the Swiss struggled to counter.

Voegele brought the game to deuce thanks to a couple of backhand unforced errors.

Voegele handed Sharapova three match points when she made her eighth double fault of the contest while trailing 5-1.

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A couple of out-wide aces and a massive backhand victor, Sharapova sealed the first set 6-3.

"We did a really good job of holding serve in the first set", Sharapova said after the match.

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.

Linette is to wind up the season at next week's WTA International event in Luxembourg.

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