COLLEGE PARK: Israeli top-seed Shahar Peer and Russian second-seed Nadia Petrova each rallied for a three-set win to reach the final of a $220,000 WTA hardcourt event in suburban Washington. Peer was two points from defeat before fighting back to dispatch Austrian third-seed Tamira Paszek 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 while former world number three Petrova beat 102nd-ranked, Ecuadoran-born American Irina Falconi 1-6, 6-1, 6-3. “Petrova’s a really good player,” said Peer. “She has a really big serve but hopefully I’ll keep playing well. I won a huge match. That gives me a lot of confidence. I’m in good shape and moving well. I’ll fight as hard as I can.”
Published in The Express Tribune, August 1st, 2011.
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