Shahar Peer extends winning streak

Sept. 24, 2009 at 9:25 AM
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TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Shahar Peer ran her winning streak to seven matches with a second-round victory Thursday at the Tashkent Open tennis tournament in Uzbekistan.

Peer, who is coming off a tournament championship at Guangzhou, China, last week, qualified for the Tashkent quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Kathrin Woerle. The No. 2-seeded Peer piled up six service breaks in the win.

Fourth-seeded Olga Govortsova also advanced to Friday's quarterfinals with a straight-set win, knocking out Vesna Manasieva 6-2, 6-3. She dropped serve just once in the match.

Local favorite Akgul Amanmuradova made the quarterfinals by taking out Ekaterina Bychkova in a tight 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4). Thursday's fourth second-round match found Alexandra Panova upsetting seventh-seeded Patricia Mayr 7-5, 6-1.

Top-seeded Yaroslava Shvedova will play No. 6-seeded Monica Niculescu in Friday's quarters. The other matches in the round have Peer going against Panova, Govortsova facing Darya Kustova and fifth-seeded Stefanie Voegele paired with Amanmuradova.

The Tashkent Open title is worth $37,000.

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