Shahar Peer advanced yesterday to the round of 16 at the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, coming back from a set down to beat Greece's Eleni Daniilidou 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5.
The win earns the 21st seeded Peer an encounter with the No. 3 seed, Maria Sharapova, after the Russian easily saw off Lisa Raymond of the United States 6-4, 6-0.
Peer, who could break into the top 30 in the world after her victory over Daniilidou, has met Sharapova once in the past, with the Russian eventually coming out on top after an epic encounter in Beijing.
Peer, meanwhile, is a candidate for the WTA's Most Impressive Newcomer award, along with Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands, Sania Mirza of Indi a and Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic. The award, which is decided by a fan vote, will be handed out at a gala ceremony in Miami next week. Tennis fans can cast their vote at www.starsforstarsmiami.com/fanvoting.
Anna Smashnova lost 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 to Germany's Anna-Lena Groenefeld, after beating Slovakia's Martina Sucha 6-2, 6-2 in a rain-delayed second-round match.
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