Shahar Peer 390.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Shahar Pe’er made the most of a wild-card and favorable draw to advance to the
second round of the Dubai Championships on Monday, beating world No. 557 Fatma
Al Nabhani of Oman 6-3, 6-1.
The 24-year-old Israeli was preparing to
play in the Dubai qualifiers when she was notified over the weekend that she has
been handed one of the tournament’s two wild cards, three years after the
organizers were fined $300,000 due to Pe’er’s inability to get a visa to the UAE
to play in the event.
Pe’er, who dropped three places to No. 40 in the
world earlier Monday, was also fortunate enough to face the other wild card, Al
Nabhani, in the first round and she needed just 61 minutes to secure her
Next up for Pe’er, who reached the semifinals and quarterfinals
in her last two appearances in Dubai, is a second-round meeting against the
winner of Tuesday’s match between world No. 6 Agnieszka Radwanska and
qualifier Aleksandra Wozniak (80).
Dudi Sela, who fell one place to No.
74 on Monday, will play in the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis
this week and will face Benjamin Becker (284) in the first round.