Shahar Peer 311.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Shahar Pe’er overcame three rain delays and Australian Sacha Jones to progress
to the quarterfinals of the Hobart International in Australia on
The wet weather in Tasmania meant it took the Israeli over
seven-and-a-half hours to complete a 7-6 (7), 6-4 victory over Jones (272) to
book a last eight meeting with Russian Anna Chakvetadze.
Jones won the
first two games in each set, but Pe’er (37) lifted her performance when she
needed to and after two hours and 15 minutes of actual play time she recorded
another confidence-boosting victory ahead of next week’s Australian
Pe’er has a 2-4 career record against Chakvetadze, but she did win
their last meeting in Indian Wells in 2009. The Russian was ranked as high as
No. 5 in 2007, but she is currently only at No. 234 after missing the back-end
of last season with an ankle injury.
Amir Weintraub’s Australian Open
dream ended in the first round of the qualifiers on Wednesday, with the
25-year-old Israeli falling to a 6-4, 6-0 loss to Italy’s Marco
Meanwhile, Caroline Wozniacki faces a battle to be fit for the
Australian Open after being reduced to tears during a dramatic defeat by
Agnieszka Radwanska at the Sydney International on Wednesday.
lost 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 in a late-night quarterfinal thriller, which could signal the
end of her reign as world No. 1 with Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova in position
to take top spot within 48 hours.
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The Dane’s left wrist was strapped when
trailing 1- 2 in the deciding set, just five days before the start of the year’s
first grand slam.
“I hope it’s not serious,” she told reporters. “I
should be completely fine for Australian Open. I started feeling it more and
more during the match.”
Wozniacki, who has never won a grand slam, faces
the prospect of starting the Australian Open as the top seed having relinquished
the world No. 1 spot between the draw and play getting underway at Melbourne
Kvitova is guaranteed to knock Wozniacki off the top if she wins
the final in Sydney.
Kvitova was highly impressive in her 6-0, 6-4
thumping of Slovakia’s world No. 21 Daniel Hantuchova on Ken Rosewall
While it remains to be seen how serious Wozniacki’s injury is, one
player who is already out of the Aussie Open is Germany’s No. 1 Andrea Petkovic,
who sustained a stress fracture.
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