PATTAYA, Thailand -- Israeli teenager Shahar Peer won her
first WTA title with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Jelena Kostanic in a
final Sunday at the Pattaya Women's Open that was interrupted for
1½ hours because of rain.
The 18-year-old Peer, seeded fourth, joined the tour in 2004.
Kostanic, whose previous best result was runner up in 2003, went
up 3-0 in the first set. But Peer settled down, saving a break
point to hold. She turned the match around with aggressive play
while her Croatian opponent had numerous errors.
"I changed my game," Peer said. "[I] became more aggressive
and used some tactics and made her hit more shots."
Rain interrupted early in the second set after Kostanic broke
her opponent for a 1-0 lead. Peer took command, winning six
straight games to claim her first pro title since joining the tour
In an all-Chinese doubles final, Athens Olympics gold medalists
and second-seeded Li Ting and Sun Tiantian defeated top-seeded
Australian Open champions Yan Zi and Zheng Jie 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (5).