shahar peer 311.
(photo credit: courtesy)
Shahar Pe’er got the post-Pablo Giacopelli era off to a winning start on
Tuesday night, but not before surviving an early scare.
number 16 in the world, was blanked by Daniela Hantuchova (25) in the first set
of her first round match at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford,
California, but fought back in typical style and advanced to the last 16 with a
0-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory.
“I started pretty slow, but this was my first
match after Wimbledon, so that is to be expected because it has been a while for
me,” said Pe’er, who hadn’t played since her second round exit at the All
England club over a month ago.
“Daniela is a good player, so it was going
to be tough for me, but I’m happy I was able to pick up my game in the second
set. I was concentrating more on making less errors and not waiting for the ball
as much. I tried to be more aggressive.”
Pe’er, who is being coached by
51-year-old American Eliot Teltscher on a two-week trial basis after
Giacopelli’s surprising departure, will face Russian Maria Kirilenko (27) in the
second round on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Maria Sharapova made a triumphant
return to hardcourts, beating China’s Jie Zheng 6-4, 7-5, in the first round in
Stanford on Tuesday.
Sharapova will meet Olga Govortsova of Belarus in
Thursday’s second round.
“I’m just trying to work myself toward the US
Open,” Sharapova said. “I’m just happy to be back playing.”
champion Marion Bartoli was another of the five seeds to advance, beating
American Ashley Harkleroad 6-1, 6-4.
Bartoli, who faces wild card and
former world’s No. 1 Ana Ivanovic in the second round, won 81 percent of her
first serve points to overwhelm the American, who played only her second match
on the WTA Tour in two years.
In the final match of the night, American
teenager Melanie Oudin recovered from a 5-1 deficit in the second set to beat
Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak, 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-3 in a match that lasted 2 hours,
29 minutes.AP contributed to this report.