Peer Wins Second Straight Title
Published September 27, 2009 12:00
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - She won her first three Sony Ericsson WTA Tour titles in 2006 and now Shahar Peer has taken her fourth and fifth in back-to-back weeks in 2009, following up last week's Guangzhou title run with another in Tashkent, beating Akgul Amanmuradova in straight sets in the final.
Peer, the No.2 seed at the International-level tournament, won a routine first set and survived a break-filled second set to prevail, 63 64. Peer got the only two breaks in the first set but seven of the 10 games of the second set went against the server, with the Israeli winning four. It was the pair's fifth career meeting - Peer is 5-0 now, and has never lost more than four games in any set.
"I've played 10 matches in row without dropping a set, and that's a nice feeling. I'm happy I'm playing well," Peer said. "I had played Akgul four times before and knew her game fairly well, but I knew today would be difficult, so I tried to play my best and not give her any chances. I'm happy by father was with me these last two weeks, because I won both tournaments!"
"The keys to my wins this week, my forehand and serve, just didn't work today," Amanmuradova said. "I'm disappointed to have lost after coming so far, but I'm happy to have lost to a good player. I give credit to Shahar for playing great tennis and handling the pressure of the large crowd today."
Peer's first three titles came at Pattaya City, Prague and Istanbul in the first half of the 2006 season; she went for more than three years without winning another but has gotten back in the winner's circle two times in the last two weeks, at Guangzhou - where she downed Alberta Brianti in the final - and here.
Peer's back-to-back titles are more impressive considering she didn't drop a single set in her 10 wins - and only once in those 20 sets was she even pushed beyond 6-4, in her semifinal here (beating Olga Govortsova, 76(5) 62).
Amanmuradova beat two seeds en route to the final, No.5 seed Stefanie Voegele in the second round and No.1 seed Yaroslava Shvedova in the semifinals. The Uzbek was playing in her second career singles final on the Tour, having been a runner-up to Michaella Krajicek here in 2005.
Govortsova and Tatiana Poutchek won a doubles title for the second straight week with a 62 67(1) 108 match tie-break final victory over Vitalia Diatchenko and Ekaterina Dzehalevich. The duo won Guangzhou last week; Govortsova won her third Tour doubles title, while Poutchek took home her sixth.
"We're both very delighted to win the doubles event here," Govortsova said. "We played here for the last five years and this is our first title. We're thrilled."
"We played our first two tournaments together in the last two weeks and won them both. It's a great feeling," Poutchek said. "We're good friends. We will surely think of playing more doubles together in the future."