Sharapova wins, Ostapenko loses at Shenzhen Open
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 03, 2018 07:44 AM
FILE - Russia's Maria Sharapova plays a return during the first round match against Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova at the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. Sharapova returned in April from a 15-month doping ban and won her first title of the season last week in Tianjin, China. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Maria Sharapova had 11 aces and saved seven of 10 break points to beat Alison Riske 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Tuesday and advance to the Shenzhen Open quarterfinals.
The five-time major winner will next face Zarina Diyas, who upset third-seeded Zhang Shuai 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4.
"Although I would've wanted a quick and easy victory, these are the kind of matches that you need, especially with such a short preparation going into the Australian Open," Sharapova said.
Earlier, Kristyna Pliskova, the twin of former No.1-ranked Karolina Pliskova, beat French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-1, 6-4.
Ostapenko, who beat Serena Williams in an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, was overwhelmed by Pliskova's powerful serves.
"I felt a bit nervous in the second set, but my serve was really working today, which was a big help," Pliskova said.
Pliskova will next play Ana Bogdan, who beat Camila Giorgi 6-4, 6-2.
Aryna Sabalenka also advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Danka Kovinic, while Timea Babos defeated Magda Linette 6-2, 6-1.