Dementieva Advances to the Auckland Semis

January 8, 2009; Auckland, New Zealand –Russian tennis star Elena Dementieva advances to the semifinals of the ASB Classic as she beat Shahar Peer, 6-3, 6-1 on Thursday.elena dementieva

The match between the two women was a tough one; at one point the game converged at an even, 2-2 level. But then later on it was clear that Dementieva was in control of the match as she cinched nine straight games, improving 5-1 against the Israeli.

Dementieva used her prior experience with Peer as a strong guide in the match, “we’ve played before so I knew what I wanted to do on court,” she said. However, she added that it was no easy feat to conquer the game; saying that, “It looked easy, but it was not that easy. She is a very tough player.”

Shahar Peer appears to be tough both on court and off, as she bravely brushed off protests against her presence in light of Israel’s bombings on the Gaza Strip.

“I’m not the government of Israel and I’m not representing Israel as a politician; I’m a tennis player and that’s what I represent now,” Peer said.

Demetieva acknowledges the fact that the pressure from the protest and from the political unrest in Peer’s country affected her opponent’s game. “I’m sure it was a tough day for her because of the situation in her country,” Dementieva said. “I’m sure it was not easy to play for her. I just know she can play better tennis next week,” she further predicted.

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