Shahar Peer will play tonight in the quarterfinals of the Miami Open against Tathiana Garbin of Italy (Live broadcast: Eurosport, 7 P.M.) in the first ever encounter between the two players.
The 29-year-old Garbin is enjoying the best period of her career on the WTA tour and is seeded 24th for the tournament. She beat Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska in the fourth round.
Peer, seeded 14th in Miami, stunned defending champion and No. 3 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia in her fourth round match afer coming back from 3-0 down in the third set to win the match 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
Peer and her partner Vania King of the U.S. went out in the second round of the women's doubles yesterday, losing 6-0, 7-5 to the No. 3 seeds Zi Yan and Jie Zheng of China.
A win tonight for Peer in the singles will earn her a semfinal clash against either Serena Williams of the U.S. or Nicole Vaidisova of Serbia.
In a repeat of the Australian Open final, Williams yesterday inflicted another devastating defeat on Maria Sharapova, crushing the Russian 6-1, 6-1.
Top seed Sharapova never earned a break point and lost her own serve five times.
Williams has now won her last three matches over two-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova.
Russian ninth seed Anna Chakvetadze became the first into the semifinals, powering back to defeat China's Li Na, the No. 15 seed, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
On the men's side, Scot Andy Murray saved two match points in the second set as Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu lost his nerve in a 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 fourth-round defeat.
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