China Open: Maria Sharapova beats Anastasija Sevastova in three-hour epic

China Open: Maria Sharapova beats Anastasija Sevastova in three-hour epic

China Open: Maria Sharapova beats Anastasija Sevastova in three-hour epic

Maria Sharapova put her recent US Open defeat by Anastasija Sevastova behind her with a gripping three-hour win over the Latvian at the China Open.


Maria Sharapova, playing for the first time since that defeat in New York 26 days ago, saved a match point as she won 7-6 (7-3) 5-7 7-6 (9-7) in Beijing.

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The 30-year-old wildcard, ranked 104th, will face compatriot Ekaterina Makarova or Jennifer Brady of the US next.

Second seed Simona Halep and 10th seed Angelique Kerber also progressed.

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Romania’s Halep beat American Alison Riske 6-3 3-6 6-2, German Kerber saw off Japan’s Naomi Osaka 6-2 7-5, and 12th seed Petra Kvitova beat fellow Czech Kristyna Pliskova 6-3 7-5.

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