Maria Sharapova swatted aside Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele 6-3 6-1 in just over an hour at the Tianjin Open on Friday to reach her second semi-final since returning from a 15-month doping ban.
The first-round match was played on Wednesday after rain wreaked havoc with the schedule. For a spot in the semifinals, Sharapova will play qualifier Stefanie Voegele, a 6-2, 6-3 victor over fifth seed Yulia Putintseva in one hour and 37 minutes.
A couple of out-wide aces and a massive backhand victor, Sharapova sealed the first set 6-3. "I had a first practice outdoors, and then I think it rained for 70 hours straight, unfortunately for the players".
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The Red Sox will counter with Drew Pomeranz, who won a career-high 17 games and posted a 3.32 ERA during the regular season. Tanaka pitched a stellar outing in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Indians when the Yankees were facing elimination.
Third-seeded Peng Shuai of China also advanced to the quarter-finals, beating countrywoman Wang Xiyu 6-2 6-2.
Fifth seed Sorana Cirstea defeated Natalia Vikhlyantseva, 7-6 (14), 6-4, to make it to the quarterfinals of the Upper Austria Ladies' Linz for the first time in six years.
Voegele and Sharapova shared early break, but from the sixth game the Russian took control of the match.
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The 66-year-old, who previously coached the US from 1998 to 2006, took over following the firing of Jurgen Klinsmann in November. That was a clear sign that our young players weren't good enough and created a huge void in our players' worldwide development.
Also on Thursday, Lin Zhu cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 win over Chinese Taipei's Su-Wei Hsieh, Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka posted a 6-3, 6-3 triumph versus China's Ying-Ying Duan and Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo needed three sets to record a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 victory over China's Yafan Wang.
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Sex with minor wife, despite consent, is rape
It said if a married girl was over 15 years of age, her husband could not be charged with any offence. The court, however, refrained from dealing with the issue of marital rape of a woman aged above 18.