Pe'er through to second round of Kremlin Cup

The 23rd ranked player in the world defeated Elena Bovina of Russia 6-0, 6-2.

October 10, 2006 08:33
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Pe'er through to second round of Kremlin Cup

Shahar peer 298.88. (photo credit: )

Shahar Pe'er advanced to the second round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow on Monday, defeating Elena Bovina of Russia 6-0, 6-2. Pe'er, who climbed one spot to 23rd in the latest WTA rankings released on Monday, took only 50 minutes to complete the straight-sets win against the Russian who was once ranked 14th in the world. Bovina has suffered a string of injuries in the last 18 months and was unable to handle Pe'er's powerful game. The Israeli will next face world No. 7 Russian Elena Dementieva. The second round match up will be the third time the pair face off this season. Pe'er shocked the Russian in the French Open in their first ever meeting, but later in the year lost to Dementieva in Los Angeles. Pe'er began well and broke Bovina in the first game of the set. The Israeli was unstoppable at the start of the match and completed a brisk 6-0 first set win. Pe'er's run of games continued in the second set as she took a 2-0 lead. The Russian finally won her first game of the match in the third game of the second set, but in the following game the Israeli took full control once more. Pe'er reeled off four straight games and closed out the match in the eighth game of the set. Also at the Kremlin Cup, eighth-seeded Nicole Vaidisova beat Russian teenager Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3, 6-3 Monday to reach the second round. Vaidisova, a 17-year-old Czech, dominated her 15-year-old opponent, breaking Pavlyuchenkova twice in the second set. "I was very happy with my performance today," Vaidisova said. Top-ranked Amelie Mauresmo, who has a right shoulder injury, was expected to decide later Monday whether to play in the indoor tournament. US Open champion Maria Sharapova, seeded second, leads a record 15 Russian women in the main draw. Sharapova lost to Dinara Safina in the quarterfinals last year. "I want to perform at my top here, because last season I had a disappointing trip," said Sharapova, who had a chest muscle injury last year. "I definitely feel a lot physically better then I did when coming into this event last year." The top four seeded players - Mauresmo, Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Dementieva - have byes in the first round. In the first all-Russia match, Vera Zvonareva beat Vera Dushevina 6-3, 6-2. AP contributed to this report.

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