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WTA gets written assurance for Peer

Updated: January 6, 2010, 10:28 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- The United Arab Emirates assured the WTA in writing it will allow Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer to play at next month's Dubai tournament after barring her last year.

Peer had been denied a visa apparently because of anti-Israel sentiments in the Gulf state following a three-week war between Israel and Islamic militants in Gaza. The UAE does not have diplomatic relations with Israel.

The Dubai Tennis Championships start Feb. 15, and the WTA said Wednesday it received word ...

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