Thursday's victory marks the third last-eight showing of the season for the five-time grand-slam victor from Russian Federation, fighting to revive her ranking after serving a 15-month suspension for using an illegal doctor-prescribed medication.
The five-time grand slam champion needed only an hour and four minutes to wrap up a 6-3 6-1 victory on Friday.
Linette was dispatched by Sharapova in straight sets 5-7, 3-6. "We did a really good job of holding serve in the first set", Sharapova was quoted as saying by the WTA website.
Sharopova, China semi-finals UAV All sports News Introduction Date: 13.10.2017 13:12 update Date: 13.10.2017 13:17 Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova, in Tianjin Open tennis tournament, defeated Stefanie Voeele 2-0 and put his name on finale.
In the end, her eighth double fault and two massive winners helped Sharapova to clinch the 14th win of the season. Sharapova credited the victory to her aggressive game in the opening set, the momentum of which carried her all the way to the second set and the victory.
Sixth seed Maria Sakkari crashed out, losing 6-0 6-4 to Christina Mchale, while Sara Errani, Aryna Sabalenka and Zhu Lin all advanced.
In the semifinals, Sharapova will play the victor of the match between Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain and No.3 seed Peng Shuai, the defending champion and hometown heroine.