By Simon Griver, February 25, 2010
Shahar Peer has risen to 20 in the world rankings after her best-ever performance in a major tournament last week.
Despite stifling security measures to protect her, Peer reached the semi-finals of the Barclays Dubai Championships, one of the biggest non-grand slam tournaments, with victories that included top seed Caroline Wozniacki, world No. 10 Li Na and No. 15 Yanina Wickmayer, before succumbing to eventual tournament winner Venus Williams. She had gone into the tournament without a victory over a top 20 player since last March.