The former world number one prevailed 7-5, 6-3
and will make her first quarter-finals appearance since
Stuttgart in April, where she lost to Kristina Mladenovic in the
Sharapova, who was beaten by Simona Halep in the third round of
the China Open last week, took a 4-3 lead in the first set
before Linette hit back. But Sharapova broke her rival in the
12th game to take a 1-0 lead.
Ranked 15 places below world number 71 Linette because of her
absence from the tour, the 30-year-old Russian appeared in
control in the next set despite conceding an early break.
The five-times grand slam champion broke back twice and held on
to set up a clash with Swiss qualifier Stefanie Vogele who beat
Yulia Putintseva 6-2 6-3.
Meanwhile, defending champion Peng Shuai beat compatriot Wang
Xiyu 6-2 6-2 while Sara Errani got past Brazilian Beatriz Haddad
Maia 6-4 4-6 6-3.
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru Editing by Jeremy
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