Maria Sharapova into quarter-finals of the Tianjin Open

BEIJING: Maria Sharapova has been in decent form in China Maria Sharapova reached her second WTA Tour quarter-final since her doping ban at the Tianjin Open.
The Russian made a fine start to her comeback in Stuttgart in April by making the semi-finals but had fallen short of the last eight at each event since.
However, she has been in decent form in China and was a 7-5 6-3 winner against Magda Linette in the second round in Tianjin.
In the quarter-finals Sharapova will face Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele, who defeated fifth seed Yulia Putintseva 6-2 6-3.
Italian qualifier Sara Errani continued her winning run on her own comeback from a two-month doping ban, beating Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-4 4-6 6-3.
Third seed and defending champion Peng Shuai eased into the last eight with a 6-2 6-2 win over Wang Xiyu while Christina McHale upset sixth seed Maria Sakkari 6-0 6-4.
None of the top five seeds at the Hong Kong Open have reached the quarter-finals, with Elina Svitolina and Caroline Wozniacki both withdrawing through injury on Thursday.
Top seed Svitolina is suffering from a leg injury and gave Nicole Gibbs a walkover while defending champion Wozniacki, who had been due to play Lizette Cabrera, cited an elbow problem for her withdrawal.
Two singles matches were played - Jennifer Brady upset eighth seed Zhang Shuai 6-3 6-4 while Wang Qiang defeated Luksika Kumkhum 6-4 6-4.
Sky Sports Tennis will have all the action from the Shanghai Masters before we head to the Erste Bank Open and Swiss Indoors Basel and then the Paris Masters.--Agencies