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Shahar Pe'er made a winning return to the WTA tour on Monday, defeating Lucie Safarova 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the second round of the Fortis Championships in Luxemburg.
The Israeli, who is ranked No. 16 in the world, was playing her first match since losing to Anna Chakvetadze in the quarterfinals of the US Open more then two weeks ago.
Pe'er's break point conversion was the story of the match on Monday, as she converted six of her nine chances, while Safarova (23) could only take advantage of three of her 12 opportunities.
The 20-year-old Israeli dominated Safarova's serve in the first set, with the Czech only holding her serve once. Safarova opened a 2-0 advantage in the second set.
But four straight games for the Israeli gave her a commanding lead that was quickly translated into a win.
Pe'er will face in the second round the winner of Tuesday's match between Vera Zvonareva (27) and Julia Goerges (142).