Sharapova storms into Tianjin quarter-finals

Maria Sharapova reached the final in Tianjin on Saturday

Maria Sharapova through to first final since returning from drugs ban after beating Peng Shuai in Tianjin Open

A couple of out-wide aces and a massive backhand victor, Sharapova sealed the first set 6-3. Sharapova is still looking for her first title since returning from a 15-month suspension due to the use of a banned substance.

Maria Sharapova reached her second semi-final since returning to tennis in April, hammering Swiss Stefanie Voegele 6-3 6-1 at the Tianjin Open in China.

Sharapova, who received a wild card into the event, has not yet dropped a set this week, and was relatively unbothered during her first meeting with the World No.196.

In the end, her eighth double fault and two massive winners helped Sharapova to clinch the 14th win of the season.

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Also in Tianjin, Russia's Maria Sharapova registered a straight-set win over Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu to reach the second round.

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.

Second-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic was bounced in her first-round match against home hopeful Zhu Lin, who posted a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 triumph.

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