Since returning from a doping ban, Maria Sharapova is chasing her 1st tournament victory and has moved into the Tianjin Open quarter-finals. The 30-year-old, former world number 1 took her fourth match point to win 7-5 6-3 against Poland’s Magda Linette.
In the last 8, she will play either Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele or Kazakh fifth seed Yulia Putintseva. The current 86th ranked was given a wildcard to play in China as she continues her comeback.
In April, the 5-time Grand Slam winner Sharapova returned from a 15-month doping ban but was hampered by injuries before reaching the US Open last 16 last month. Last week, she reached the last 16 in Beijing before losing to world number one Simona Halep for the first time in her career.
Maria Sharapova saved 5 break points early in the first set, breaking Linette’s serve in the 12th game to claim the opener, and then recovered from going an early break down in the 2nd to win in 98 minutes.
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