Shahar Pe’er’s Wimbledon preparations suffered an early blow on Wednesday after she was knocked out in the second round of the Birmingham Classic.
The 27-year-old Israeli, ranked No. 86 in the world, suffered a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 defeat to Shuai Zhang (36) of China in the grass court tournament after one hour and 55 minutes.
Pe’er recorded her first win since April against Kristina Mladenovic in the first round in Birmingham, but squandered three of her four break point opportunities in the decisive set against Zhang while her opponent converted all three of her chances.
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