311_Shahar Peer killer return.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
After reaching just one quarterfinal in her past nine tournaments, Shahar Pe’er
got her China Open campaign off on the right foot on Monday, defeating Shengnan
Sun 6-1, 6-2 in the first round in Beijing.
Pe’er, who climbed one place
to No. 18 in the world earlier Monday, made at least the semifinals in five of
her first 10 tournaments of the year, but has struggled in the past four
However, she had little trouble brushing aside the world No. 252
on Monday and will be looking forward to facing Patty Schnyder (44) in the
second round of the $4,500,000 tournament on Tuesday.
Pe’er will be
aiming to tie her head-to-head record against the Swiss veteran at
Elsewhere, after a surprising loss at the Thailand Open, top-ranked
Rafael Nadal is aiming to return to his winning ways in his debut at the Japan
Nadal arrived in Tokyo on Monday after a loss to tournament winner
and fellow-Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the semifinals in Bangkok on
The 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 loss was Nadal’s first since winning the
US Open and becoming the seventh man to complete a career Grand Slam. The 24-
year-old has won seven titles already this year, including three majors, and
will face Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo on Tuesday in the second round of the $1.2
“Tomorrow will be a difficult match,” Nadal said
Monday. “It’s a very fast surface here and Giraldo is a very good player. He
will be dangerous.”AP contributed to this report.