Tamira Paszek

With heat on, Peer advances to title match

As the on-court temperature again climbed into triple digits, the pressure mounted on top-seeded Shahar Peer. Having advanced through the Citi Open with little resistance, the 24-year-old Israeli was thumped in the first set and two points from seeing her tournament come to an end.

But with third-seeded Tamira Paszek serving for the match, Peer was resilient. She kept pounding groundstrokes, pulled out a tiebreaker and ground out a 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 victory in a semifinal match Saturday at the Tennis Center in College Park.

"I always say I like the heat; it didn't affect me at all," Peer said. "I said to myself that I needed to keep going. I was jumping around...