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Beijing Open | Sharapova squeezes through

Beijing Open | Sharapova squeezes through
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Maria Sharapova, ranked 104 and playing the China Open thanks to another wildcard, has reached the third round in Beijing after coming through a three setter against Ekaterina Makarova, the world number 33.

I was the more aggressive player in the end. I started reading her patterns and a little bit of everything I think helped me win Maria Sharapova

The Russian who is still attempting to put her 15-month drug ban behind her, was made to work for the first two sets but eventually but eventually took command to defeat her compatriot 6-4 4-6 6-1.

It was her second tight match having won her opening round against Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova, the 16th seed, 7-6(3) 5-7 7-6(7) saving a match point in the process.

The five-time Grand Slam champion could now face Simona Halep, the second seed who she beat in the first round of the US Open.

Commenting after her victory, Sharapova said: “I thought the level of tennis was quite high.

“We had a few breaks in the first [set]. I felt that despite losing that second set, I was motivated to start the third.

“I was the more aggressive player in the end. I started reading her patterns and a little bit of everything I think helped me win.”

The former world number one never looked comfortable on her serve delivering eight double faults in the first two sets. But playing on an outdoor court with the crowd rooting for her, she recovered following the loss of that second set, breaking her opponent twice to seal the win.


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Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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