No. 3 seed Peer beats Czink in Bangkok

Updated: October 9, 2007, 7:14 PM ET
Associated Press

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Third seed Shahar Peer of Israel came back from a first-set tiebreak to beat Melinda Czink of Hungary 7-6 (3), 6-4 Tuesday in a first round match at the Bangkok Open.

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Peer recovered from set point at 4-5 to pull off the match against the left-handed Hungarian after 1 hour, 39 minutes in front of a small but enthusiastic crowd.

"I was not playing my best tennis. In the first set I didn't hit the ball on the court and she was playing well the whole match," said the 20-year-old Peer, who sometimes performs obligatory military service at home when not on the tennis circuit.

Peer, who reached the quarterfinal here in 2005, will play the next round against Anastasia Rodionova of Russia, who beat qualifier Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan 6-4, 6-3 in 1 hour, 30 minutes.

In other first-round play, Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic upset sixth seed Aiko Nakamura of Japan 6-4, 7-6 (5) in 1 hour, 52 minutes, and seventh seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy cruised through to the second round with an easy 6-0, 6-2 win over Noppawan Lertcheewakarn of Thailand, who entered as a wild card.

In late opening round matches, fifth seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia beat Maria Emilia Slerni of Argentina 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, Olga Poutchkova of Russia beat Anne Kremer of Luxembourg 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, and Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand, ahead 7-5, 3-1 in her match with Edina Gallovits of Romania, won the match when the European retired due to illness from the heat.

Fourth seed Virginie Razzano of France defeated Lourdes Dominiguez Lino of Spain 6-0, 6-3 in just 63 minutes.

Top seed Jelena Jankovic, the world No. 3. and second seed Venus Williams are due to play their first round matches on Wednesday, after Jankovic's arrival in Bangkok was delayed by a missed flight.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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