Shahar Peer reached the third round at the Indian Wells tournament in California by beating Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan 6-1, 6-4 on Friday.
The first game took 12 minutes as Peer was able to keep her own serve and then break her opponent on the way to an pretty easy win in the first set. Peer then took a 5-1 lead in the second set before Amanmuradova came back to 5-4, after which Peer sealed the deal.
Peer is scheduled to play India's Sania Mirza today, Mirza, a former doubles partner of Peer,who defeated Olga Savchuk of Ukraine 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) to reach the third round, has a 2-1 edge over Peer in their previous meetings.
Peer and her current doubles partner, Argentina's Gisela Dulko, advanced to the second round at Indian Wells by defeating Tatiana Perebiynis of Ukraine and the Czech Republic's Renata Voracova 6-4, 6-4.
Dudi Sela defeated Nicolas Keifer of Germany 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3 in their first-round match on Thursday. The prize for advancing was a meeting with France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the Australian Open finalist, scheduled for later last night.
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