shahar peer 311.
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Shahar Pe’er saved three match points to beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 2-6, 6-3,
7-5 on Sunday and advance to the last 16 of the Indian Wells WTA tournament for
the fifth time in six appearances.
The 23-year-old Israeli, ranked number
12 in the world and seeded 10th at the prestigious event in California, was
outplayed in the first set, and despite having momentum on her side after tying
up the match, lost the first three games of the third set.
(19) served for the match in the ninth game of the decisive set, but Pe’er would
save one match point at 3-5 and two more in the subsequent game before
eventually completing a four-game run to book a place in the fourth
“It was a tough match today and I’m really happy I was able to
come back and win,” said Pe’er, who won just 48 percent (93 of 192) of the
points in the match that lasted two hours and 17 minutes. “I just kept fighting
and fighting. I love Indian Wells because I stay with friends and really enjoy
my time here.”
Pe’er’s next goal will be to reach the quarterfinals in
Indian Wells for just the second time in her career and the first since 2007.
She faces world No. 5 Francesca Schiavone in the last 16 after Italy’s French
Open champion brushed aside Alize Cornet of France 6-2, 6-3.
Pe’er has a
3-1 record against Schiavone, beating her in all three hardcourt matches. But
the two haven’t played each other in almost two years.
On the men’s
circuit, Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich came back from a set and 1-4 down to advance
to the second round of the doubles tournament in Indian Wells on Sunday, beating
David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco 6-7 (2), 6-4, 12- 10.
duo, which won the tournament in Indian Wells in 2008, needed a wild card to get
into the event this year and will play Mark Knowles and Michal Mertinak in the
Meanwhile, Kim Clijsters survived a second-set wobble and an
erratic serving display to beat Italy’s Sara Errani 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in the third
round on Sunday.
While the Belgian world no. 2 was unhappy with her
overall display in a battling win, thirdseeded Russian Vera Zvonareva was upset
4-6, 7-6, 6-4 by Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova in a marathon lasting just over
Cibulkova needed four match points to overcome the Russian
for the first time in four meetings and will next meet 23rdseeded Belgian Yanina
Wickmayer, who beat 14th seed Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
the men’s event, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick each launched
their title bids in triumphant style.
Second seed Federer beat Russia’s
Igor Andreev 7-5, 7- 6, third-seeded Serb Djokovic crushed Kazakhstan’s Andrey
Golubev 6- 0, 6-4 and eighth seed Roddick overpowered fellow American James
Blake 6-3, 7- 5 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Reuters contributed to