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Shahar Pe’er claimed her first victory in over two months on Tuesday, defeating
Ryoko Fuda 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the second round of the Maryland
The 24-year-old’s last win came on May 11 in the second round of
the Italian Open in Rome, after which she went on to lose five straight matches,
which included four consecutive first-round exits, two of them at Roland Garros
Pe’er hadn’t played a singles match since her
opening-round loss at the All England Club over five weeks ago, taking a break
in Israel and focusing on training ahead of the North American hard court
Pe’er, ranked number 24 in the world and seeded No. 1 in
Maryland, saved nine of 10 break points against Fuda (302), but will be
expecting a tougher encounter against Russian Alla Kudryavtseva (75), who she
has beaten in their only previous meeting.
Meanwhile, in other action
Serena Williams reached the second round of the Stanford Classic by trouncing
Australian Anastasia Rodionova 6-0, 6-0.
The 13-time Grand Slam champion
said that while she should be patient given what she has gone through during the
past year, that approach is not in her makeup.
“I want to get back to the
top,” said Williams, whose ranking has fallen to No. 169 as she only has two
tournaments in her points total.
“And I have no patience. But maybe this
is teaching me to be more patient. And it’ll come, but not necessarily –
No. 1 is great, but I really want to be able to do well in the Grand
Williams made her comeback to the WTA Tour from foot surgery and
a life-threatening illness at the grasscourt tournament in Eastbourne , winning
one match before falling to world number three Vera Zvonareva.
defending champion at Wimbledon, she won three rounds before going down to
France’s Marion Bartoli.
While she cautioned at Wimbledon that she
shouldn’t be expected to do much given that she nearly died while experiencing a
pulmonary embolism in February, she was less than pleased with her early
After the tournament, she flew home to Los Angeles and immediately
“Definitely I was disappointed even though I
shouldn’t have been, so I hit the courts,” she said.
“I didn’t deserve a
break. I didn’t practice on the plane ride back, so that was about
it.”Reuters contributed to this report.