(photo credit: Associated Press)
Shahar Pe’er took another small step towards participation in the WTA
Championships, defeating Misake Doi 6-2, 6-3, in the first round of the HP Open
in Osaka, Japan, on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old Israeli, who reached a
career-best ranking of No. 13 in the world this week, will next face Japan’s
Ryoko Fuda (215) for a place in the quarterfinals.
season-ending women’s tournament will be taking place in Doha, Qatar, beginning
October 26, and will include the top eight performers over the course of 2010,
as judged by the tour’s system of awarding points in each tournament depending
on how far a player reaches.
There will also be two alternates traveling
to the Persian Gulf, and with Pe’er currently sitting in 13th place in the
points-race and closing in on the top 10, a good showing in Osaka will increase
the likelihood of her getting the nod, especially with some top players nursing
In other action at the HP Open, four-time champion Kimiko Date
Krumm of Japan beat 16-year-old British qualifier Laura Robson 6-3, 6-3 to reach
the second round.
On the men’s circuit, Andy Roddick and John Isner
advanced to the second round of the Shanghai Masters Tuesday.
moved on after an ill Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany retired in the second set
while trailing 6-3, 2-1.
Isner fought off five match points in the two
tiebreakers to defeat Polish qualifier Lukasz Kubot 4-6, 7-6 (9), 7-6 (7). Next
up for the 20th-ranked Isner is Roger Federer, who received a bye in the first
round. Roddick will face Guillermo Garcia- Lopez of Spain in the next round.