Teenager Shahar Peer of Israel came back from a set down to upset sixth-seeded Ai Sugiyama 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-4.
updated: February 25, 2007 10:54 IST
Mason:Teenager Shahar Peer of Israel came back from a set down to upset sixth-seeded Ai Sugiyama 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-4 in a rain-delayed match in the Cincinnati Women's Open on Wednesday. Peer, 18, reached the quarterfinals of a WTA tournament for the second time this year by winning the longest match of the tournament - 2 hours, 21 minutes. She also reached the quarterfinals in Istanbul in May. Sugiyama of Japan, ranked 32nd after climbing to No. 8 in February 2004, has lost four of her last five matches, including her first loss in the first round at Wimbledon since 1998. South Korea's Cho Yoon-jeong overcame back problems to become the tournament's first quarterfinalist with a 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-2 win over Russian Tatiana Panova in a match played in 90-degree F (32-degree C) temperatures and lasting almost two hours. The heat and humidity forced the players to take a 10-minute break between the second and third sets. Cho, whose back problems forced her to withdraw from one tournament last year and another in January, had to leave the court in the second set for a massage, she said. She dominated Panova after returning and reached the quarterfinals of a WTA tournament for the first time since February. (AP)