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01-09-2010, 03:51 AM #1
Shahar Peer Reaches Semi-Finals At ASB Classic
Shahar Peer of Israel amidst protest made her way into the semi-finals at ASB Classic. She ignored the noisy jeers from pro-Palestinian protestors as she advanced into the semis defeating Russian Maria Kirilenko by 6-0, 3-6, 6-1.
Similar protest on Wednesday had resulted in the arrest of 5 people with one person being taken into custody. About 20 members of the local Global Peace and Justice group who object to Israel's treatment of Palestinians refused police requests to stop using megaphones to protest Peer's participation.
The 30th ranked Peer needed 23 minutes to win the first set but found herself in a battle as Kirilenko took the second before the Israeli regained control in the third.
Peer will play for a place in final against Belgian third seed Yanina Wickmayer on Friday.Wickmayer had outclassed 39-year-old Japanese Kimiko Date Krumm by 6-2, 6-2 in the quarter-final clash.
Top seed Flavia Pennetta, who has lost just 13 games in three matches, stunned Slovak Dominika Cibulkova by 6-1, 6-2. She awaits an opponent from doubles partner Francesca Schiavone, the fourth seed, who was to face Alize Cornet of France later in the day.