New No.13 Peer Wins
Published October 12, 2010 12:00
OSAKA, Japan - A day after making more history for Israeli tennis, Shahar Peer won her opening match of the HP Open in Osaka, cruising past Japan's own Misaki Doi handily in straight sets on Centre Court, 62 63.
After reaching the semifinals of the Premier-level China Open last week in Beijing, Peer rose from No.18 to No.13 on the new Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Rankings, a new career-high for her as well as for her home nation, Israel.
Seeded No.3 in Osaka, Peer began the quest for her first title of the year by breaking Doi four times en route to victory.
"I'm really happy I'm improving all the time; I think my ranking shows how I'm playing," Peer said. "I had a really good week last week and I'm really happy I got my best ranking this week. I hope to keep going and improve all the time!"
No.6 seed Kimiko Date Krumm and No.7 seed Iveta Benesova followed Peer into the next round later in the afternoon with wins over teenaged qualifiers. Date Krumm beat Laura Robson, 63 63; Benesova beat Christina McHale, 64 63.
"Laura is very young and has a lot of potential so I really needed to focus a lot today," Date Krumm said. "I was very happy with the match and how I played."
Date Krumm made an exciting run to the third round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open two weeks ago, beating Maria Sharapova and Daniela Hantuchova en route; now the Japanese No.1 plays in front of her home crowd once again.
"I love Osaka," Date Krumm added. "I graduated from a high school very close to here and my friends are coming to watch me. The fans know me well here too. It's a much different feeling playing here than anywhere else."