Poland's Magda Linette out of Tianjin Open

Poland's Magda Linette out of Tianjin Open

Not particularly aggressive or accurate in her first return games, Sharapova started to find the exact range off the forehand side.

The 30-year-old Sharapova has been on the comeback trail since April after serving a 15-month suspension for taking the banned substance meldonium.

Former World No.1 Maria Sharapova put on another banner performance at the Tianjin Open on Friday, as the Russian raced past Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele, 6-3, 6-1, to advance to the semifinals.

Second seed Williams, playing in her second match since the US Open, lost 7-5 6-2 to the Japanese, who is ranked 64th in the world. For a spot in the semifinals, Sharapova will play qualifier Stefanie Voegele, a 6-2, 6-3 victor over fifth seed Yulia Putintseva in one hour and 37 minutes.

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

Sharapova took command at the end of the set. She saw off 71st-ranked Linette in just over 98 minutes to reach only her second quarter-final since her return to action.

The successful tennis player will face third seeded in semifinals and Chinese Shuai Peng, champion of a year ago.

Italian Sara Errani downed Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil 6-4 4-6 6-3, while American Christina McHale accounted for Maria Sakkari of Greece 6-0 6-4.

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