Peer Headlines As WTA Debuts In College Park

Israel's Shahar Peer tops the seedings at the inaugural Citi Open in College Park, Maryland.

Published July 23, 2011 12:00

Peer Headlines As WTA Debuts In College Park
Shahar Peer

COLLEGE PARK, MD, USA - Shahar Peer and a pair of former Top 5 players highlight the field this week at the inaugural Citi Open, a brand new International-level WTA tournament held on the outdoor hardcourts of College Park.

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Peer is not only famous for breaking political barriers through her tennis, she is also famous for being the highest-ranked Israeli player in the history of the sport - she went as high as No.11 earlier this year (and she was a win away from cracking the Top 10 in Charleston). After somewhat of a difficult last few months she is down at No.24 now but with five WTA titles under her belt she knows how to put together perfect weeks. The top-seeded 24-year-old starts with a qualifier.

Among those joining Peer in the Top 4 seeds are two ex-Top 5 players, namely Nadia Petrova and Jelena Dokic. Petrova, a former No.3 who at Wimbledon reached the second week of a Grand Slam for an amazing 20th time, is the No.2 seed; Dokic, a former No.4 who has shot back into the Top 50 this year thanks to a title run in Kuala Lumpur and another final at 's-Hertogenbosch, is the No.4 seed. Seeded No.3 is Wimbledon quarterfinalist Tamira Paszek.

Rounding out the Top 8 seeds are Bojana Jovanovski, at No.58 the world's top-ranked teenager; Elena Baltacha, Britain's No.1; Sania Mirza, India's No.1; and Alberta Brianti, playing her best tennis at age 31. Also in the draw are former Top 20 stars Zheng Jie, Virginie Razzano and Eleni Daniilidou.

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