Sports Shorts

Shahar Peer advanced Friday to the third round of the WTA Indian Wells tennis tournament after beating Bethanie Mattek of the United States 4-6, 7-6, 6-3. Next up for the 10th-seeded Israeli is 17th-seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia, who is ranked number 19 in the world. Second-seed Kim Clijsters dropped just two games en route to an easy victory over Alla Kudryavtseva. (Rami Hipsh )

Elitzur Ramle enters tonight's women's State Cup basketball final as the heavy favorite over Maccabi Ramat Hen. Although Ramat Hen handed Ramle its first and only loss of the regular season in October, Ramle reeled off 16 consecutive victories - including a 16-point defeat of Ramat Hen in December - to finish 17-1. "The game depends on us, and we need to focus more on ourselves," said Ramle coach Adan Inbar. (Arie Livnat )

Hapoel Jerusalem cruised last night to a 102-68 win over Hapoel Holon in basketball's Super League. Hapoel didn't establish a double-digit lead until the third quarter but overwhelmed Holon 39-17 in the final period. Jersualem sizzled from beyond the arc, making 15-of-23 three-pointers. Yuval Naimi led all scorers with 23 points. (Haaretz Staff )