Shahar Pe'er 390 (R).
(photo credit: REUTER/Regis Duvignau )
Shahar Pe’er will face world No. 2 Maria Sharapova in the second round of the
Sony Ericsson Open in Miami after beating Alize Cornet 6-4, 6-2 on
Pe’er, who dropped to No. 55 in the world earlier this week,
her lowest ranking since September 2009, battled Cornet (114) for 25 minutes
before taking a 2-1 lead in the first set. However, she maintained control after
that and eventually secured her progress in one hour and 33 minutes.
24-year-old Israeli will be playing Sharapova for the sixth time in her career,
with the in-form Russian beating Pe’er in all five of their previous
While a victory seems unlikely, Pe’er will at least be hoping
to improve on her performance against Sharapova when they last met, with the
Israeli taking only four games off the Russian in Rome last year.
Sela (61) was sent packing in the first round in Miami on Wednesday, losing 6-3,
6-3 to French qualifier Arnaud Clement (153) On Tuesday, Alisa Kleybanova made a
triumphant return to the courts with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Sweden’s Johanna
Larsson after a ten month battle with cancer.
The Russian was in the top
20 and tipped to rise higher in the game before she was diagnosed with stage two
Hodgkins lymphoma after the Italian Open last May.
chemotherapy in Italy, the 22-yearold is now ready to restart her career as a
wild card at the Sony Ericsson Open.
“I don’t want to think about
rankings, I just want to be on the court and feel good. I just want to be
myself,” she told reporters.
“I have a huge motivation to just live at
100 percent, every day of my life.”
Kleybanova, who has won twice on the
WTA tour, said she had been suffering excessive fatigue and flulike symptoms for
some time before medical tests produced the shocking news.
going on because I kept getting sick but then I always got over it and I was
playing tournaments and feeling pretty good,” she said.
obviously, I got really, really sick and couldn’t get over it anymore. So we
started to do all the controls and exams.
“I know there will be some
stress and nerves ahead of matches but it’s not the most important thing in my
life anymore,” she said.
“I’m just going to have fun out there and try to
enjoy every day that I am on court.
“I am sure that will help me to get
me back to my condition and hopefully even better again.”Reuters
contributed to this report.