Sharapova reaches Tianjin tennis semis

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Maria Sharapova surged into the Tianjin Open quarter-finals on Thursday as she pursues her first tournament victory since her return from a doping ban.

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 but fought back to draw level before going on to take the first set with a hold to love.

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Voegele brought the game to deuce thanks to a couple of backhand unforced errors.

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.

A couple of out-wide aces and a massive backhand victor, Sharapova sealed the first set 6-3.

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Voegele handed Sharapova three match points when she made her eighth double fault of the contest while trailing 5-1.

The Russian won the opening set after a brief struggle, suffering her only break of serve in the second game of the second set. She saw off 71st-ranked Linette in just over 98 minutes to reach only her second quarter-final since her return to action.

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