Shara­pova marches into Tian­jin semis

The Jakarta Post - - SPORTS -

TIAN­JIN: Maria Shara­pova equaled her best per­for­mance since re­turn­ing from a dop­ing sus­pen­sion when she reached the Tian­jin Open semi­fi­nals on Fri­day.

The Rus­sian eas­ily de­feated Swiss qual­i­fier Ste­fanie Voegele 6-3, 6-1 in 64 min­utes. The for­mer world num­ber one will face ei­ther China’s Peng Shuai or Spain’s Sara Sor­ribes Tormo in the last four.

Shara­pova re­turned from a 15-month sus­pen­sion in April for tak­ing the banned sub­stance mel­do­nium.

In her first tour­na­ment back, in Stuttgart, she made it to the semi­fi­nals but has been un­able to re­peat that feat again, un­til now.

The 30-year-old, ranked 86 in the world, was granted a wild­card for Tian­jin be­cause her rank­ing was too low. — AFP


Maria Shara­pova

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