Maria Sharapova is receiving props for comforting opponent Wang Xinyu after the teenager was forced to retire injured in the pair’s match at the Shenzhen Open.

Wang, who had entered the tournament through a wild card, took the first set against the five-time Grand Slam winner on a tie-break.

However, the 17-year-old suffered intense cramps during the second set, first taking a medical timeout at 3-2 down before ultimately forfeiting two matches as she struggled to continue before pulling out.

Fans took notice of Sharapova's act of kindness. 

A double victory for Sharapova. 

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