Peer beats out Sanchez 311.
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — When most players at the Dubai Championships finish their matches, they mingle in the clubhouse eating and chatting. For Shahar Pe'er, it's back to a guarded compound where she watches movies with her father Dov.
Despite early Aussie exit, Pe’er hits career-high ranking
It could be worse for Pe'er. She was denied a visa to play in Dubai two years ago because of anger over Israel's three-week military offensive in Gaza. This week she has a security detail and is confined to her hotel room but insists she feels welcome and comfortable in the Gulf city.
The tight security — including metal detectors outside the stadium — has
not hurt her performance thus far. The 11th-ranked Pe'er won her
doubles Monday and her opening singles Tuesday, beating Maria Jose
Martinez Sanchez of Spain 6-4, 6-1.
Pe'er jumped out to 3-0 in the first set only to see Martinez Sanchez
come back to tie it at 4. Pe'er went up 5-4 and broke Sanchez to take
the set. The Spaniard, weakened by a flu and coughing during the match,
couldn't keep up in the second set.
"Obviously, I played good last year. When you go back to a tournament
that you played good, you want to repeat that," Pe'er said.