Maria Sharapova

Yastremska blitzes Wozniacki, Sharapova through in Cincinnati

Dayana Yastremska stunned former world number one Caroline Wozniacki at the Western & Southern Open, where Maria Sharapova made a winning start.

Sharapova – the 2011 Western & Southern Open winner – was too good for Alison Riske en route to the second round at the WTA Premier event.

Yastremska, who upstaged Konta and Victoria Azarenka en route to the Rogers Cup last 16, rallied from a break down in both sets against Wozniacki.

After winning on her Cincinnati debut, Yastremska will next face two-time grand slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova – who outlasted 11th seed Sevastova 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (4-7) 6-4.

Top seed and French Open champion Ashleigh Barty awaits Sharapova, who needed four match points to see off Riske.

Seven-time grand slam winner Williams eased past qualifier Lauren Davis 7-5 6-2 to end a run of four consecutive defeats.

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