Shahar Peer set another milestone in her meteoric career yesterday when she reached the semifinals of a top-tier tournament for the first time after demolishing Tathiana Garbin of Italy 6-0, 6-3.
Peer won the first nine games and then served for the match at 5-1, but nerves set in and the 24th seeded Italian veteran broke back and held serve before the 14th seeded Israeli finished off the encounter after an hour and 19 minutes.
"I'm really happy to be in the semifinals of a top-tier tournament for the first time," said 19-year-old Peer. "I expected a much tougher match, but she [Garbin] didn't play well, while I did the right things. Anyway, it was about time that I won a quarterfinal match. I played well, but toward the end I was a bit nervous, but I'm glad that I won."
Peer has a 20-6 record this season and has gone as far as the quarterfinals in six tournaments, and as far as the semifinals in three. She has played in one final in Memphis where she was hammered by Venus Williams.
She could be in for another encounter with the Williams family in the semifinal.
Three-time champion Serena Williams played against Nicole Vaidisova overnight.
Peer nearly pulled off an upset against Serena in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in January, losing the third set 8-6.
b Andy Murray advanced to the semifinals of the men's event after Andy Roddick retired with a strained left hamstring trailing 5-3 in the first set.
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