Shahar Pe'er reaches Canberra quarters

The Israeli teenager, seeded fourth at the event, will next face Japan's Aiko Nakamura on Wednesday.

January 11, 2006 07:52
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Shahar Pe'er reaches Canberra quarters

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Shahar Pe'er stormed back from an early 5-1 deficit to defeat Eleni Danilidou of Greece and advance to the quarterfinals at the Canberra International in Australia on Tuesday. The Israeli teenager, seeded fourth at the event, will next face Japan's Aiko Nakamura on Wednesday. As temperatures rose past 40 degrees, Pe'er, ranked 46th in the world by the WTA, benefitted from a shoulder injury to Danilidou (96) as she won 11 of the next 14 games to take the match 7-6(0), 6-2. Nakamura (62), who beat No. 5 seed Roberta Vinci (48) 7-5, 6-0 in their secondround match, has lost to Pe'er in both of their previous meetings. Pe'er needed three sets to score a victory at the 2004 US Open qualifying and then won in straight sets last year in the qualifying. round at Auckland. Also Wednesday, Anna Smashnova will look to reach the semifinals of a doubles event for the first time in her career when she teams with Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan at the Moorilla Hobart International. Smashnova and Amanmuradova will take on Germany's Martina Muller and Laura Pous Tio of Spain. In men's action, Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich, fresh off their title from Adelaide, will play their first-round match at the Medibank International in Sydney against Frenchmen Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra. The qualifying draw for the Australian Open will take place Wednesday, with Dudi Sela, Noam Okun, Harel Levy and Tzipi Obziler all scheduled to take part. The first of three qualifying rounds begins in Melbourne on Thursday.

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