Maria Sharapova into Tianjin Open semi-final

Maria Sharapova into Tianjin Open semi-final

After the surprising run in Stuttgart, in her very first tournament after the suspension, Sharapova came back into the best four as she comfortably beat Stefanie Voegele 6-3 6-1 winning seven games in a row from 3-3 in the first.

Peng eased past Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-0, 6-1 while Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus beat local hope Zhu Lin 6-3, 6-4 in another quarter-final and awaits the victor of the match between Christina McHale and Sara Errani.

The 30-year-old Russian rebounded from being broken in her second service game of the second set by breaking her foe on two occasions.

Sharapova - targeting a first title since returning to the tour in April following a drugs ban - will face third seed Peng Shuai of China after she thrashed Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-0, 6-1.

We will have all the action from the conclusion of the Shanghai Masters before we head to the Erste Bank Open and Swiss Indoors Basel and then the Paris Masters.

Sharapova got off to an inauspicious start, as three unforced errors and a double fault handed Voegele a break lead in the opening game of the match.

Sharapova took command at the end of the set.

Aryna Sabalenka and Sara Errani will meet in the other semi-final following victories over Zhu Lin and Christina McHale respectively.

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