Rising Peer under pressure

DUBAI - Shahar Peer, the first Israeli woman ever to compete in the United Arab Emirates, further increased security headaches by continuing her inspired run of success to a fourth victory and a semifinal place in the Dubai Open yesterday.

DUBAI - Shahar Peer, the first Israeli woman ever to compete in the United Arab Emirates, further increased security headaches by continuing her inspired run of success to a fourth victory and a semifinal place in the Dubai Open yesterday.

Peer extended her career-best sequence to a victory over Li Na, the world No10 from China, who retired while trailing 5-7 0-3, increasing the possibility that the Israeli will now be scheduled for the centre court for the first time.

That might afford less protection for Peer than the secluded, tree-lined, limited-access outside court on which she has so far played.

About 5000 people have bought centre court tickets for semifinals day, expecting to see one of the world's leading players, Venus Williams. The five-time former Wimbledon champion is the only big name left in the tournament. - Sapa-AFP

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