Pe’er rallies for Tokyo triumph

Shahar Pe’er escaped what would have been another embarrassing defeat by skin of her teeth saving match point against Kristyna Pliskova.

Shahar Pe’er (photo credit: REUTERS)
Shahar Pe’er
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Shahar Pe’er escaped what would have been another embarrassing defeat by the skin of her teeth on Sunday, coming back from 6-4, 5-2 down and saving a match point against world No. 210 Kristyna Pliskova on the way to a 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory in the first round of the Tokyo Open.

The 24-year-old Israeli, who had already lost three times this year to players ranked outside the world’s top-100 – including in her most recent match in the second round of the US Open – had to dig deeper than expected to get the better of Pliskova.
After claiming the first set, the 18-year-old from the Czech Republic raced to a 4-0 lead in the second set and even held a match-point at 5-4.
However, Pe’er, ranked No. 26 in the world and seeded 16th in Tokyo, avoided another early exit and clinched the win by taking 11 of the last 12 games.
Next up for Pe’er is a second round meeting between the winner of Monday’s match between Urszula Radwanska and Klara Zakopalova.