Peer passes first hurdle

By Danny Caro, September 1, 2011

Shahar Peer is safely through to round two after beating former doubles partner Sania Mirza in the ladies singles at Flushing Meadows.

Victory came as a relief for Peer who had crashed out in the first round at Wimbledon and the French Open earlier this year.

Peer, 24, bounced back after losing a first-set tie-break to win 6-7, 6-3, 6-1.

A meeting with former world No. 1 Roger Federer was the prize awaiting Dudi Sela following his first-round win in the men's singles.

Sela, 26, came from two sets down to beat world No. 35 Thomaz Bellucci.

Last updated: 2:22pm, September 1 2011