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Peer Victorious In China

Shahar Peer was the highest seed to record a win during second round action on Wednesday.

Published September 16, 2009 06:31

Peer Victorious In China
Shahar Peer

GUANGZHOU, China - Shahar Peer was amongst three seeded winners during second round play Wednesday at the China GDD-Guangzhou International Women's Open.

The fifth-seeded Peer defeated Akgul Amanmuradova, 63 63, the fourth time in their four career match-ups the Israeli has come out on top without losing a set, including in Cincinnati earlier this summer. If the 22-year-old Peer wins her next match, she will match her best results of the year - semifinal showings in Pattaya City and Estoril.

In the lone upset of the day, Alexandra Panova got past No.6 seed Olga Govortsova, 75 64. Prior to this week, the Russian had not won a main draw Sony Ericsson WTA Tour match since a year ago in Tashkent, but now she has won two straight to reach her first-ever Tour singles quarterfinal.

Seventh-seeded Ayumi Morita had not won a main draw match since reaching her first career Tour singles semifinal in Strasbourg in May, but now has also won two consecutive after topping lucky loser Abigail Spears, 16 61 60. Also advancing on Wednesday was eighth-seeded Alberta Brianti, who handled Lenka Wienerova, 63 61.

No.1 seed Anabel Medina Garrigues and No.3 seed Peng Shuai will be amongst those in action when second round play concludes on Thursday.

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