Peer wins last six games to beat Likhovtseva

Updated: June 19, 2007, 1:25 PM ET
Associated Press

EASTBOURNE, England -- Shahar Peer won the last six games to beat Elena Likhovtseva of Russia 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 on Tuesday and advance to the second round of the Eastbourne International.

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The sixth-seeded Israeli wasted three break points at 1-1 in the second set before dropping serve next game to be 3-1 down. Peer won three straight games to even it at 5-5 but was broken again to lose the set.

Likhovtseva then led 4-0 and held a point for 5-0 in the deciding set before Peer swept the next six games to win just her second grass-court match.

"It's a good win to get because Elena is very experienced and a good player on grass. I had a tough one," Peer said. "But I'm happy I found my game in the end and hope I will get more used to grass every round."

Eighth-seeded Marion Bartoli defeated Tathiana Garbin 6-2, 6-3 to advance also. Bartoli won four consecutive games from 1-1 in the first set. Bartoli broke Garbin for the sixth time to close out the match.

Agnieszka Radwanska beat Jill Craybas 6-2, 5-7, 6-0 to set up a matchup with top-seeded Justine Henin, and Mara Santangelo defeated Ai Sugiyama 7-6 (3), 6-3 and will meet No. 2 Amelie Mauresmo.

Also winning were British qualifiers Elena Baltacha and Kate O'Brien, Japanese qualifier Aiko Nakamura, Sybille Bammer of Austria and Nathalie Dechy of France.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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