Sharapova reaches Tianjin tennis semis

Sharapova reaches Tianjin tennis semis

Maria Sharapova breezed to a 6-4, 6-2 win over top-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu on Wednesday in their first-round match at the WTA Tianjin Open in Tianjin, China.

Venus Williams was knocked out in the second round of the Hong Kong Open by 19-year-old Naomi Osaka.

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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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.

Poland's Magda Linette was sent packing from the Women's Tennis Association tournament in Tianjin, China, after she lost a second-round match to Russian star Maria Sharapova on Wednesday. Voegele collected four aces and took advantage of four double faults to dismiss Putintseva in 1 hour, 37 minutes. At 4-3, Voegele fended off triple break point, but a service return victor gave the Russian a fourth opportunity, and Voegele double faulted down break point again to give away another of her service games.

Also on Thursday, Lin Zhu cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 win over Chinese Taipei's Su-Wei Hsieh, Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka posted a 6-3, 6-3 triumph versus China's Ying-Ying Duan and Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo needed three sets to record a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 victory over China's Yafan Wang.