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After winning just two matches in her last three WTA events Shahar Pe'er recorded her second victory in 24 hours at the Rogers Cup in Toronto late Tuesday night, defeating Italian Tathiana Garbin 6-3, 6-2.
The Israeli, who is ranked 18th in the world and seeded 11 in Canada, has struggled with her form in the three US Open warm-up events she's played to date and is in desperate need of a confidence boost ahead of the year's final Grand Slam tournament at Flushing Meadows, New York.
In the third round Pe'er will face the winner of the match between Anna Chakvetadze (6) and Virginie Razzano (45), who beat the Israeli in the second round in Los Angeles last week.
On Tuesday, Garbin (25) claimed the first break of the match in the third game and held serve in the following game to open a 3-1 lead. The Israeli, however, soon found her rhythm and took the next five games, clinching the first set.
The second set was far more straightforward, with Pe'er winning five of the first six games and booking her place in the third round by holding serve in the eighth game.
Three hours after facing off in the singles event, Pe'er and Garbin teamed up in the doubles tournament and defeated Jarmila Gajdosova and Bryanne Stewart 6-3, 7-5.
The Israeli/Italian duo was due to face No. 1 seeds Liezel Huber and Cara Black in a second round match late Wednesday night.