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Sharapova, Halep cruise into Shenzhen semi-finals

(Reuters) – Former world primary Maria Sharapova cruised previous Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas and into the semi-finals of the Shenzhen Open in China on Thursday.

Sharapova, who gained 6-Three 6-Three, struck 24 winners and 5 aces to remain on the right track for a title conflict with top-ranked Simona Halep after the Romanian dismissed Aryna Sabalenka 6-2 6-2.

“I‘m glad that I ended up being the winner of the match,” Sharapova stated in a courtside interview.

“I didn’t play my best tennis and there’s certainly a lot of things to improve on in the next. The great thing is that I‘m through and have another chance to play tomorrow.”

The five-times grand slam champion dedicated 22 unforced errors within the match however stepped up her recreation at decisive moments of the competition to get previous her spirited rival.

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros – Simona Halep of Romania v Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas – Paris, France – 25/05/16. Diyas returns a shot. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen
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Sharapova’s solely title in 2017 got here on the Tianjin Open, after she got here again from a 15-month doping ban, and the world quantity 59 is aiming for a title-winning begin to the 12 months in her first go to to Shenzhen.

“I feel like I‘m having a nice little tour of China. It’s my fourth Chinese city in a few months,” Sharapova added.

“It’s obviously been a great welcome here. It took many years for me to play this event but I‘m really glad that I did.”

Sharapova performs Katerina Siniakova subsequent after the defending champion beat fellow Czech Kristyna Pliskova 6-2 6-2.

Earlier, fourth seed Irina-Camelia Begu needed to work laborious to beat Timea Babos 7-5 7-5 to arrange a semi-final assembly together with her compatriot Halep.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, enhancing by Pritha Sarkar

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