Tennis: Two rising stars - Pe'er to face Safarova

Both players make it to third round of Pacific Life Open with flying colors.

March 11, 2007 01:34
1 minute read.
Tennis: Two rising stars - Pe'er to face Safarova

peer 298.88. (photo credit: AP)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Shahar Pe'er will face rising Czech star Lucie Safarova in the third round of the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells, California, on Sunday after both players safely made it through their second-round matches on Friday. The Israeli, who is ranked No. 16 in the world and seeded 11th at the $2.1 million tournament, defeated Tiantian Sun (85) of China 6-3, 6-0, in a mere 61 minutes. Safarova (26), on the other hand, needed two hours 51 minutes to oust Agnieszka Radwanska (52) of Poland 6-3, 6-7(2), 7-6 (4). Pe'er and Safarova both received first-round byes at the tournament that, due to its importance, is widely regarded as "the fifth Grand Slam." Sunday's match will be Pe'er's first ever meeting with Safarova in a main draw of a WTA tournament, while the Czech won their only previous match in a qualifier at Bastad, Sweden, in 2004. Safarova has risen rapidly up the WTA rankings in the last couple of months, from No. 70 to her current position, No. 26. The 20-year-old Czech reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open after knocking out defending champion and then-world No. 2 Amelie Mauresmo. She also defeated three top-10 players, including Justin Henin, to advance to the final of the Paris indoors tournament last month. Pe'er, who trained with coach Jose Higueres in Palm Springs, California, the last two weeks, struggled at the start of her second-round match against Sun and trailed 3-2 after her opponent broke in the fifth game of the first set. However, that was the last game Sun won, and the Israeli reeled off 10 consecutive games to book her place in the third round.

Related Content

dudi sela
August 31, 2014
Sela steamrolled by Dimitrov