Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts during her women's singles second round match against Alison Riske of the US at the WTA Shenzhen Open tennis tournament in Shenzhen in China's southern Guangdong province on January 2, 2018. China OUT
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Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova came back from a set down to defeat American Alison Riske at the Shenzhen Open Tuesday and book a spot in the quarter-finals.Despite Riske's early lead, Sharapova hit 34 winners, nearly three times Riske's total.The world number 59 was helped by 11 aces, and managed to save seven out of 10 break points.Pliskova, third on the WTA Tour's ace charts last season, raced out to a 5-0 lead to start the match.It was not the start to 2018 that Ostapenko wanted, with the first Grand Slam of the year -- the Australian Open -- starting in 13 days' time.
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