For the first time since turning professional, Shahar Pe’er is expected to miss
next week’s Israel national championships as she continues her recovery from a
Pe’er’s 2013 season was cut short in September, when she was
diagnosed with a partial tear of her foot’s plantar fascia. However, she is
still set to end the year at No. 76 in the world rankings after plummeting all
the way down to No. 179 in late June.
The 26-year-old won her
sixth national title in the past seven years and eighth overall with a win over
Julia Glushko last December.
But she is unlikely to be defending her
title and appears set to skip the upcoming championships – which begin in
Ra’anana next Sunday – in order to continue her recovery at the Sanchez Casal
Academy in Barcelona.
Pe’er will be escorted on the WTA Tour in 2014 by
Spaniard Eduardo Nicolas from the Sanchez Casal Academy and is set to begin her
season at the Shenzhen Open in China on December 29.
The Australian Open
will get underway in Melbourne on January 14.
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