Pe'er wins in Madrid

Israeli tennis player climbs into world's top-20.

By AP
May 14, 2010 08:56
1 minute read.
tennis player shahar peer

shahar peer 311. (photo credit: courtesy)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Shahar Pe’er will climb back into the world’s top-20 next week after advancing to the quarterfinals of the Madrid Masters on Thursday.

The Israeli, currently ranked number 22 in the world, beat Arantxa Parra Santonja (65) of Spain 7-5, 6-2 in the third round, converting five of her seven break points while saving five of Santonja’s seven attempts.

In the quarterfinals, Pe’er will face world No. 13 Na Li, with the Israeli winning their last meeting played in the quarters of the Dubai tournament in February.

Pe’er also progressed to the semifinals of the doubles tournament in Madrid on Thursday, teaming-up with Francesca Schiavone to beat Vania King and Chia-Jung Chuang 7-6 (3), 6-3. The Israeli/Italian duo will next play No. 1 seeds Serena and Venus Williams.

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal reached the quarterfinals of the men’s Madrid Masters by seeing off big-serving John Isner of the United States 7-5, 6-4 on Thursday.

Isner, who reached the clay final in Belgrade last weekend, held his own against the second-seeded Spaniard before losing his serve in the 11th game of the first set, during which he received treatment to his arm.

Nadal served out for the set and broke the American early in the second before holding his service for victory.


Nadal came into the Madrid Masters on the back of tournament wins in Monte Carlo and Rome. The 2005 champion and 2009 finalist hopes to extend the record for Masters titles of 17 he shares with Andre Agassi.

Earlier, Fernando Verdasco’s 7-5, 6-3 third-round loss to Jurgen Melzer of Austria left only three of the top six seeds in the tournament.

The Austrian player will next play Nicolas Almagro of Spain, ensuring there will be at least one unseeded player in the semifinals. Almagro beat Juan Monaco of Argentina 6-4, 6-1.

In the women’s third round, eighth-seeded Samantha Stosur of Australia beat Patty Schnyder of Switzerland 7-6 (3), 6-2 to set up a quarterfinal with Venus Williams.

“It’s Venus so you have to expect a good match,” Stosur said. “Clay probably isn’t her favorite surface. We’ve played a few times and I’ve never been able to win so it’s one of those times when I have to go out there and give it my best shot.”

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Sarah Silverman
August 26, 2014
Jewish women take home gold at 2014 Emmys

By JTA