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Peer rolls into Tashkent final

Sept. 26, 2009 at 8:47 PM

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Israel's Shahar Peer and Uzbekistan's Akgul Amanmuradova were semifinal winners Saturday at the Tashkent Open tennis tournament.

Peer, the second seed, won a tight match against fourth-seeded Olga Govortsova of Belarus 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, twice rallying from a break down in the first set.

She won last week's Guangzhou (China) Women's Open and has not lost a set at Taskent.

"I'm happy I'm playing better tennis after every match," Peer said. "I just want to keep going that way (Sunday)."

The unseeded Amanmuradova, a Tashkent native, was a surprise 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) winner over top-seeded Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan, sending a home crowd into euphoria.

"I was always under pressure but I'm happy to have survived," Amanmuradova said. "It's a big responsibility to play in front of your home crowd, but I was relaxed and played well."

Sunday's Peer-Amanmuradova winner earns $37,000.

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