Tennis Star Maria Sharapova says she needs to play far better

SHENZHEN: Maria Sharapova conceded that she expected to play much better after the Russian slid into the semi-finals of the Shenzhen Open on Thursday with triumph over Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan. The previous number one, who has worked her way up to 59 on the planet rankings since her arrival from a doping ban a year ago, will confront the Czech 6th seed and shielding champion Katerina Siniakova in the last four in southern China.

The 30-year-old Sharapova, who is unseeded in the competition that fills in as a development to the Australian Open, is setting out on her first full season since coming back from a 15-month drugs ban in April.

The five-time Grand Slam champion won the Tianjin Open in October for her first title since her ban, yet said subsequent to crushing Diyas 6-3, 6-3 of every 89 minutes: “I didn’t play my best tennis and there’s unquestionably a great deal of things to enhance in the following (coordinate).

“The considerable thing is that I’m through and have another opportunity to play tomorrow.”