Peer misses out on semifinals after epic against Hantuchova
Shahar Peer was knocked of the quarterfinals at the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells overnight Wednesday after losing a three-hour epic 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 to Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova.
The 14th-seeded Hantuchova advances to a semifinal showdown against China's Li Na, who edged Russia's Vera Zvonareva 6-4, 7-5.
A day after upending third-seed Martina Hingis in straight sets, the 2002 champion needed almost three hours to overcome some stubborn resistance from the 11th-seeded Peer, who consistently engaged Hantuchova in punishing rallies from the baseline.
The 23-year-old did well to overcome the disappointment of failing to serve out the match at 5-4 in the third set and rallied from a 5-3 deficit in the deciding tiebreaker.
Hantuchova drew level after Peer committed two unforced errors, and a service winner gave her match point, which she took at the first attempt when her teenage opponent erred with a forehand.
Meanwhile, Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich advanced to the quarterfinals of the men's doubles at the $3,200,000 event after beating Spanish duo Nicolas Almagro and Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-2.
Ram and Erlich were scheduled to face Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Jarkko Nieminen of Finland overnight in the quarterfinals.
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