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Shahar Pe’er continued to succeed in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday, advancing to
the second round of the Qatar Open with a convincing 6-2, 6-4 victory over
After losing to world No. 1, Caroline Wozniacki, in
the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships last week, Pe’er, ranked No. 12,
wasted little time on her way to the last 16 in Doha.
Pe’er converted six
of eight break points against Kuznetsova (13) – who lost to Wozniacki in the
final in Dubai on Sunday.
Next up for Pe’er is a meeting with Marion
Bartoli (18), who the Israeli has beaten in seven of their previous nine
meetings, including in last year’s French Open.
Meanwhile, the squads for
the tie between Israel and Poland in the second round of Europe/Africa Zone
Group I – which will be played next weekend – were announced on
Dudi Sela (91), who beat Marinko Matosevic 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, in the
first round in Delray Beach, Florida late Tuesday night, will be Israel’s No. 1
Amir Weintraub (254), will make his debut as the team’s No. 2, and
Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich will play doubles.
The Poles will be represented
by Michal Przysiezny (110), and Jerzy Janowicz (148), in singles, and Marcin
Matkowski and Mariusz Fyrstenberg in doubles.