Israeli tennis star Pe'er wins first tournament in 4 years

Pe'er continues recent stretch of good form with 3-set win over Zheng Saisai in final of Suzhou Ladies Open.

August 10, 2013 10:07
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Shahar Pe'er

Shahar Pe'er 370. (photo credit: re)


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Israeli tennis star Shahar Pe'er won her first tournament in four years on Saturday, defeating unseeded Zheng Saisai 6:2, 2:6, 6:3 in the final of the Suzhou Ladies Open in Suzhou China.

Pe'er entered the week ranked 113 in the world, but has assured herself a return to the top 100 with her victory.

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The victory marked a continued stretch of good form from Pe'er who made her first WTA-level final in two years in Baku, Azerbaijan last month.

The Suzhou tournament marked Pe'er's third quarterfinal made in her last four tournaments.

Pe'er will play in the US Open qualifiers later this month along with fellow Israeli Julia Glushko.

Shahar peeked at eleventh in the world in 2011, but had fallen to No. 179 earlier this year before her recent return to form.

She has won 11 of her last 14 matches and nine out of the last 10.

After splitting with coach Pablo Giacopelli several weeks ago, Pe’er chose to focus on amassing much-needed ranking points and confidence in smaller events in Asia, a decision which has clearly paid off and ensured she will be entering the US Open qualifiers later this month in an upbeat mood.

Allon Sinai contributed to this report.

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