Maria Sharapova of Russia returns a shot against Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland during their match in the WTA Tianjin Open in northeastern China's Tianjin Municipality, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. (Chinatopix via AP)
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Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova crushed Peng Shuai 6-3, 6-1 at the Tianjin Open Saturday to reach her first final since serving a 15-month doping ban.In front of a large home crowd, a businesslike Sharapova broke four times and conceded zero breaks of her own before wrapping up the semi-final with a clinical crosscourt forehand.Sharapova missed Wimbledon qualifying because of injury and she wasn't offered a wildcard to the French Open, but she reached the U.S. Open last 16 on her return to Grand Slam tennis.
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