Hungarian Open: Aljaz Bedene beats Ivo Karlovic to reach semi-finals

Aljaz Bedene

Britain’s Aljaz Bedene continued his winning run with a straight-sets win over second seed Ivo Karlovic to reach the Hungarian Open semi-finals.

British number four Bedene broke the Croat’s serve early in both sets on his way to a 6-4 6-3 victory, and a 15th-straight win.

The 27-year-old, ranked outside the top 100 at the beginning of March, has climbed to world number 68.

He faces fourth seed Fernando Verdasco or fellow qualifier Laslo Djere next.

Bedene came through qualifying in Budapest to reach his first ATP Tour semi-final since January 2016.

He also won back-to-back titles on the second-tier ATP Challenger Tour earlier this month.

The clay court specialist has now won 22 of his past 23 matches, with the only defeat coming on hard courts at the Miami Masters.

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Stuttgart Open: Johanna Konta beaten by Anastasija Sevastova in second round

Johanna Konta

British number one Johanna Konta lost 6-3 7-5 to Latvia’s world number 26 Anastasija Sevastova in the second round of the Stuttgart Open.

Clay is Konta’s weakest surface, while the world number seven has endured a difficult week which included being verbally abused by Romania captain Ilie Nastase in a Fed Cup tie.

Sevastova faces world number five Simona Halep in the next round.

Maria Sharapova is currently playing fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova.

Former world number one Sharapova is continuing her comeback from a 15-month doping ban.

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'Cheater' Sharapova should not play tennis again – Bouchard

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova is a “cheater” and should not have been allowed to return to tennis, says 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard.

The Russian won her first match after a 15-month doping ban on Wednesday, beating Roberta Vinci 7-5 6-3 in the first round of the Stuttgart Open.

She was controversially given a wildcard for the tournament.

Five-time Grand Slam winner Sharapova was suspended last March after testing positive for meldonium.

“She’s a cheater and I don’t think a cheater in any sport should be allowed to play that sport again,” said Canadian Bouchard. “It’s so unfair to all the other players who do it in the right way and are true.”

Sharapova, 30, has received wildcards for the tournaments in Madrid and Rome and will find out if she has been given one for the French Open on 16 May – 12 days before the competition.

That decision has been defended by WTA chief Steve Simon, who said it was in keeping with how former dopers were treated in other sports.

In October, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said Sharapova was not an “intentional doper”.

Bouchard, 23, now ranked 59th in the world, told TRT World: