Peer eases into round two at Wimbledon

Shahar Peer

Shahar Peer

Shahar Peer's quest to reach the ATP top 10 gathered momentum as she beat former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic on Court 5 late on Monday evening on Day One at Wimbledon.

Seeded 13, Peer was forced to wait for a court but it did not affect her performance and she prevented Ivanovic from showing the form that took her to the semi-finals at SW19 in 2007.

The Israeli Peer capitalised with a solid if unspectacular performance that earned a 6-3 6-4 passage.

The pair exchanged breaks early on before Peer took control at the back end of the first set gaining a game on the Ivanovic serve and closing out at 5-3.

Ivanovic's battles with her emotions were there for all to see and Peer was able to seize the match with a consistent second set.

Peer broke again at 4-4 and then closed out the match with Ivanovic's long shot on match point summing up her recent misery. Peer will now play German Angelique Kerber who beat India's Sania Mirza comfortably 6-4, 6-1.

Lucky loser Jesse Levine and Chile's Nicolas Massu lost four-set thrillers in the opening round of the men's singles.

Israel No. 1 Dudi Sela is in action on Tuesday.

Full details in Friday's JC.

Last updated: 2:49pm, November 15 2011