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Shahar Pe'er crashed out of the PTT Bangkok Open on Friday, losing at the quarterfinal stage 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 to Italian Flavia Pennetta.
On Saturday Pennatta upset Venus Williams in the semifinals.
Despite being ranked 33 places higher than Pennetta at No. 16 in the world, Pe'er was outlasted in the two hour and one minute long encounter and failed to translate her superior quality into victory.
Pe'er was ahead at one stage by a set and 4-2, but the Italian reeled off nine consecutive games to turn the match on its head and effectively clinch the win.
Pennetta (49) broke in the first game of the match, but dropped her serve immediately, allowing Pe'er to tie the score. The 20-year-old Israeli recorded her second break of the first set in the sixth game and held her serve in her next two games to clinch the set.
A break in the third game of the second set gave Pe'er a 2-1 lead and seemingly a stranglehold on the match. The Israeli remained ahead by holding her serve and came within two games of the semifinals after opening a 4-2 lead.
Pennetta refused, however, to fold and began a nine game run that all but clinched the win. Pe'er was helpless and despite taking two consecutive games to reduce the deficit to 5-2 was knocked out of the tournament after dropping her serve in the next game.
Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich also failed to advance past the quarterfinals stage on Thursday, losing 7-6 (4), 1-6, 10-7 to Tomas Behrend and Christopher Kas in the BA-CA Tennis Trophy in Vienna .
The duo, which is currently placed sixth in the ATP's doubles race, is in desperate need of ranking points to maintain its position in the top eight and book its place in the season-ending tennis Masters Cup for a second straight year.
In her semi, Pennetta played aggressive tennis and power-served, leaving Williams, the No. 2-seed, stunned on several points.
"I just want to enjoy this moment," she said. "This is one of my most beautiful wins."
It was revenge for the Italian who lost to Williams, the world No. 8, in the semifinal at the Korea Open in Seoul two weeks ago. Williams won that match 6-2, 6-2.
Pennetta faces Chan Yung-jan in the final. The Taiwanese player won her semifinal against China's Yan Zi, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5.
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