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Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Peer wins last six games to beat Likhovtseva

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.