Maria Sharapova trounces Stefanie Voegele to reach Tianjin Open semi-finals

Maria Sharapova trounces Stefanie Voegele to reach Tianjin Open semi-finals

Sara Errani returned from a two-month suspension for a failed drug test to cruise to a 6-2, 6-1 victory over the Ukraine's Kateryna Kozlova.

Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele, Chinese Taipei's Su-Wei Hsieh and China's Xiyu Wang also advanced with straight-set wins on Wednesday.

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 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. 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.

The Czech coughed up eight double faults as she lost 6-4 5-7 6-4 to world number 113 Zhu Lin of China.

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.

Sabalenka, sustained by 4 aces, according to her average this season, is projected to climb into the top 100 for the first time in her career, at around No.90: she could raise to around No.75 claiming the first WTA final.

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