Israel's Shahar Pe'er wins second straight tourney on women's tennis tour
Israel's top female tennis player Shahar Pe'er won the Tashkent Open on Sunday, her second consecutive title on the women's tennis tour.
The second-seeded Pe'er, who will rise 12 places in the world rankings to number 34 following the win, defeated local Akgul Amanmuradova in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.
The Israeli, who won the Guangzhou Open in China last weekend, extended to 10 her streak of wins in which he has not dropped even a single set.
Peer struggled earlier this year with a recurring knee injury and disappointing form. A posting on her official blog two months ago reflected the difficulties the player was facing.
"If I look back at this recent period, it's hard for me to pinpoint the exact, specific reason for the losses," she wrote. "I wasn't really able to create momentum, either because of the Dubai incident or because of the injury or unavoidable defeats."
In February, Peer was prevented from playing at the Dubai Tennis Championships when she was denied a visa by the United Arab Emirates, in protest of Israel's Gaza offensive the previous month.
"I'm working hard, but unfortunately, things aren't coming together," she wrote.
The 22-year-old reached a career-high ranking of 15 in January 2007 after making the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.