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Shenzhen Open: Katerina Siniakova tames Maria Sharapova, faces Simona Halep in final

A stinging backhand down the line gave Siniakova a decisive break in the final set and the sixth seed hung on to close out the match in just under two hours.

Shenzhen Open: Katerina Siniakova tames Maria Sharapova, faces Simona Halep in final
Courtesy: Reuters

Czech defending champion Katerina Siniakova fended off Maria Sharapova in a fiercely contested match at the Shenzhen Open on Friday to set up a final with world number one Simona Halep.

Siniakova fired 27 winners and 10 aces to prevail 6-2 3-6 6-3 but was made to work hard for the win after Russian Sharapova rediscovered her rhythm midway through the contest.

After losing the first set, Sharapova attacked Siniakova`s serve to seal an early break in the second set.

The five-times grand slam champion gave little away ater that and levelled the contest at one set apiece.

A stinging backhand down the line gave Siniakova a decisive break in the final set and the sixth seed hung on to close out the match in just under two hours.