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Sharapova reaches quarterfinals after 2nd win since return

  • Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a shot to Italy's Roberta Vinci during the Grand Prix tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Sharapova was given a lukewarm welcome by 4,500 spectators upon her return to professional tennis on Wednesday after a 15-month doping ban. (Daniel Maurer/dpa via AP)

    Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a shot to Italy's Roberta Vinci during the Grand Prix tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Sharapova was given a lukewarm welcome by 4,500 spectators upon her return to professional tennis on Wednesday after a 15-month doping ban. (Daniel Maurer/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Maria Sharapova reacts during her match against fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova, at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Thursday April 27, 2017.  This is the first professional tennis tournament for Sharapova following a 15-month doping ban.  (Bernd Weissbrod/dpa via AP)

    Maria Sharapova reacts during her match against fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova, at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Thursday April 27, 2017. This is the first professional tennis tournament for Sharapova following a 15-month doping ban. (Bernd Weissbrod/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Maria Sharapova returns to fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova, at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Thursday April 27, 2017.  This is the first professional tennis tournament for Sharapova following a 15-month doping ban.  (Bernd Weissbrod/dpa via AP)

    Maria Sharapova returns to fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova, at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Thursday April 27, 2017. This is the first professional tennis tournament for Sharapova following a 15-month doping ban. (Bernd Weissbrod/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Maria Sharapova advanced to the quarterfinals of the Porsche Grand Prix by beating Ekaterina Makarova 7-5, 6-1 Thursday.

In her second match after a 15-month doping ban, Sharapova hit nine aces and held serve throughout. She converted three of her four break points.

The five-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1, who lost her ranking due to the suspension and entered the event on a wild card, will play Anett Kontaveit of Estonia for a place in the semifinals.

Also, Anastasija Sevastova beat sixth-seeded Johanna Konta 6-3, 7-5 to set up a quarterfinal match against Simona Halep.

Laura Siegemund, a finalist last year, defeated the 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-3, and Carla Suarez-Navarro beat Elena Vesnina 6-2, 6-4.