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Shahar Pe’er advanced to the second round of the Mercury Insurance Open in San
Diego in convincing fashion on Tuesday night, beating former world No. 1 Ana
Ivanovic 7-6 (3), 6-3.
Pe’er, ranked 17th, won 74 percent of her service
points against Ivanovic, who is currently ranked just 60th. The Israeli will
next play the winner of the encounter between Nadia Petrova and Yaroslava
The Israeli now holds a 3-0 career record against Ivanovic,
with her most recent win before Monday coming just over a month ago in the first
round of Wimbledon, when Pe’er cruised to a 6-3, 6-4 conquest.
Dudi Sela (107) progressed to the second round of the Challenger tournament in
Vancouver on Monday, coming back from a set down to beat Brydan Klein 6-7 (3),
Due to his recent spiral down the rankings, Sela decided to
take a break from the ATP Tour to regain some confidence and amass much-needed
ranking points in the Challenger tour.
Also Monday, former No. 1-ranked
Dinara Safina put an end to a series of early-round exits with a 6-1, 7-6 (2)
victory over Alona Bondarenko in San Diego.
Safina, who lost her first
match in four tournaments this season, ran away with the first set before she
jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the second-set tiebreaker to defeat her Ukrainian
A first-round loser last week in the Bank of the West Classic,
Safina has been riddled by a lower back injury that has limited her play. The
three-time Grand Slam finalist has only a 6-8 record this season.
Russian, whose ranking has dropped to No. 35, has advanced as far as the
quarterfinals only twice this year.
In other first-round matches, Alisa
Kleybanova of Russia beat France’s Aravane Rezai 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 and Italy’s Sara
Errani defeated Olga Govortsova of Russia 6-3, 1-6, 7-5.
faces top-seeded Jelena Jankovic in a second-round match.
which had been held in the San Diego area for 24 years, returned after a