One-and-done for Pe'er at Eastbourne

Shahar to enter Wimbeldon following three straight first round exits.

By REUTERS
June 13, 2011 22:09
Shahar Peer

Peer 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Shahar Pe’er will enter Wimbledon on the back of her third straight first-round exit after crashing out in Eastbourne on Monday. The 24-year-old Israeli, ranked number 22 in the world, lost 7-5, 6-3 to Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, who also knocked her out in the first round at Roland Garros.

In other first-round action yesterday from the AEGON International, American Venus Williams marked her return from an abdominal injury with an impressive 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 victory over Germany’s Andrea Petkovic. The five-time Wimbledon champion, playing her first match since January’s Australian Open third-round when she retired after one game also against Petkovic, looked completely at home on the slick grasscourts. Neither Venus nor sister Serena, who stole the spotlight on Monday despite not even playing after her decision to return here after a year out with injury and a life-threatening illness, are seeded at the traditional Wimbledon warm-up.

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