Maria Sharapova edges past Magda Linette to reach the quarter final in Tianjin
Maria Sharapova edged past Magda Linette 7-5 6-3 in their first head-to-head match to reach the quarter final at the Tianjin Open. The Russian star faced a tough match before clinching her 12th win of 2017.
Sharapova led 4-3 in the first set after saving all five break points in the first eight games of the opening set. The Russian star earned the crucial break in the 12th game to take the first set 7-5.
Linette broke serve in Sharapova’s second service game to take a 2-1 lead. Sharaopva fought back to win four consecutive games with a double break and raced out to a 5-2 lead, but Linette fended off the first match point on her serve and two on Sharapova’s serve. Sharapova earned three more match points and sealed the win on her third opportunity to secure her spot in the quarter final where she will face Stefanie Voegele from Switzerland, who beat Yulia Putintseva 6-2 6-3.
“We did a really good job of holding serve in the first set. I feel like I made a few too many errors on my return game which ultimately led to a difficult first set but once I broke her early in that second set, I played a really good aggressive game and I felt like I had the momentum in the second”, said Sharapova.
US Christina McHale beat Maria Sakkari 6-4 6-0 to qualify for her third quarter final of the year.
McHale will face world number 280 but former top 10 Sara Errani, who overcame the loss of the second set to edge recent Seoul finalist Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-4 4-6 6-3 to reach her third quarter final of the year. Errani broke serve in the fifth game and held her serve after saving two break points to open up a 4-2 lead. Errani held her serve at deuce earning the chance to serve for the first set. She did convert her set point on return. In the next game Errani converted the second of her three set points on her serve with her backhand passing shot. The Italian player earned an early break, as the Brazilian made a double fault. Errani saved two break points to hold her serve for 2-0. Haddad Maia won three consecutive games to take a 3-2 lead after saving a break point. At 4-5 Errani saved three set points, but Haddad Maia converted her fourth chance as Errani netted a backhand. Errani converted her third break point at the start of the decider and held her serve in the second game. Errani saved two break points and won her return to love to race out to a 5-1 lead. Errani earned a match point in the eighth game but did not convert it after making a double fault but converted her second chance to take the third set 6-3. Errani leads 4-2 over McHale in their head-to-head matches, but the US player won their two most recent matches.
Sara Sorribes Tormo fought back from a 0-2 deficit in the third set to edge past China’s Yafan Wang 6-4 2-6 6-3. Sorribes set up a quarter final against another Chinese player Shuai Peng, who cruised past Xiyu Wang 6-2 6-2.
Aryna Sabalenka beat Ying-Ying Duan 6-3 6-3 to set up a first head-to-head match against Lin Zhu, who cruised past Su-Wei Hsieh 6-3 6-1.