Maria Sharapova Through to Beijing Quarterfinals

BEIJING: World number two  Maria Sharapova enjoyed her third consecutive straight-sets win in Beijing on Thursday as she reached the last eight of the  China Open in style.

The Russian, second in the WTA rankings behind  Victoria Azarenka, defeated Slovenian qualifier
Polona Hercog, ranked 90th in the world, 6-0, 6-2 at the capital’s National Tennis Stadium. Sharapova, 25, is yet to drop a set in the tournament, defeating Romania’s Simona Halep in the first round 7-5, 7-5 and  Sorana Cirstea, also of Romania, 6-2, 6-2 in the second. The number two seed will face her first real test in the quarter-finals when she takes on either fifth seed  Angelique Kerber of Germany or former world number one  Caroline Wozniacki  of Denmark.

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