Tennis star Pe'er advances to quarterfinals

Wednesday, March 14, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
The number one Israeli tennis star Shahar Pe’er qualified for the Pacific Life Open quarterfinals in Indian Wells on Wednesday morning. Pe'er beat world No. 11 and eighth seed Anna Chakvetadze of Russia, 6-4 7-6.

Pe’er and 18-year-old partner Vania King of the US also advanced to the quarterfinals of the doubles on Monday, thrashing Emma Laine of Finland and Czech Vladimira Uhlirova 6-0, 6-1, in just 54 minutes.

The Israeli-American duo ranked eighth in the tournament and will face the world’s top doubles team of Australian Samantha Stosur and American Lisa Raymond.

Pe'er's fourth-round match in the singles tournament was against world No. 11 and eighth seed Anna Chakvetadze, which she defeated late Tuesday night.

Former Israel No. 1 Anna Smashnova announced Tuesday that she would compete in a few more tournaments and officially retire after Wimbeldon.

“I've had a long career and have been playing tennis since the age of six,” she said. “My career had to end sometime and I'm happy with my decision.”

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