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Shahar Pe'er and Patty Schnyder gave Israeli fans a taste of world-class tennis Wednesday evening in an exhibition match at Canada Stadium in Ramat Hasharon.
Pe'er, who is currently No. 16 in the WTA's women's singles rankings, defeated Schnyder (19) 3-6, 6-1, 10-5 in one of the myriad nationwide events arranged by the Israel Tennis Center in celebration of its 30th anniversary.
After winning her singles match, Pe'er teamed up with Yoni Erlich to beat Schnyder and Andy Ram 7-5 in a mixed doubles set.
The first event of the evening saw Ram and Erlich get the better of legendary Israeli players Shlomo Glickstein and Shahar Perkis in two tiebreakers.
In the main attraction Wednesday, Pe'er got off to a good start by winning the first two games against her Swiss opponent. However, Schnyder claimed six of the next seven games to clinch the first set to the disappointment of the local fans.
Pe'er raced to a 5-0 lead in the second set and, after tying the match by taking the set 6-1, won the deciding tiebreaker 10-5 to complete the victory.
The Israeli No. 1 will now travel to Berlin to take part in next week's $1.34 million German Open.
Pe'er will play in Rome and in Istanbul the following two weeks before taking part in the second Grand Slam of the season, the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris.
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