Lawn Tennis
Shahar Peer Wins, Advances To Memphis Semifinals
By Tripp Mateschitz, Lawn Tennis Correspondent, Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2008 3:06pm CST USA
Shahar Peer Wins, Advances To Memphis Semifinals, Sofia Arvidsson
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MEMPHIS--( At the Cellular South Cup in the women's quarterfinals, third seeded Shahar Peer of Israel defeated Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden 3-6, 6-1, 6-3; displaying the same fight and power which drove her to last year's Memphis final where she lost to American Venus Williams.

Should she reach Saturday's final, Peer could not face Williams as she was upset earlier in the week in round one in three sets.

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Arvidsson ripped several winners to take the first set 6-3, before falling behing 1-5 in set two as Peer took control with a mix of topspin defensive groundstrokes and flat groundstroke winners.

"She was returning very well, and she got more first serves in," said Arvidsson.

At set point a Peer backhand down the line winner evened the match a one set all.

"I played pretty good in the beginning," Arvidsson said. "But then I started playing in more her tempo. She slowed it down a bit. She liked the longer rallies. She played well in the end. We had some tight games and she won the important points."

In set three the pro Peer crowd grew louder with their cheers of 'come on Peer' and 'go Peer' as Peer raced to a 5-2 lead following Peer winners from an overheand and a forehand down the line.

"It always helps when there is support," Peer said. "They want you to win. It's nice when people are cheering for you."

"All three sets it was really really tough. She was playing very good and me too the whole match. But I think I changed a little bit the tactic from the first set. I just was very aggressive. I tried to pull out this match and I did it."

In the final game of the match, Peer saved four breakpoints before closing the match out with an overhead winner.

"From 3-2 to 5-2 were the toughest two games." Peer said. "I was able to pull out a good game at 5-3 somehow... and I always kept fighting, fighting and that's what gave (me) this match."

In Friday's semifinals Peer meets the 19 year old fifth seeded Belarusian Olga Govortsova.

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