Shahar Peer tennis Italian open 311.
(photo credit: BSL)
If Shahar Pe’er and Dudi Sela hope to repeat their previous strong performances
at Wimbledon, they will have to overcome a pair of big names in their respective
Both Israelis were dealt tough first-round opponents in
Friday’s draw at the All-England Club for the prestigious Grand Slam, which
begins on Monday in London. Pe’er, who is ranked a career-high No. 14 in the
world and seeded 13th at the tournament, will face former World No. 1 Ana
Ivanovic, while on the men’s side, unseeded Sela (world No. 60) will go up
against 13th-seeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny.
Ivanovic has struggled
mightily since her French Open victory in 2008, plummeting to her current world
ranking of 45 and unseeded status at Wimbledon.
In both previous meetings
with the Serb, Pe’er has emerged victorious, with their most recent encounter
coming in 2007. Nevertheless, Ivanovic poses a challenge for the 23-year-old
Israeli, who hopes to improve on her career-best fourth-round showing at the
event in 2008.
Sela, who made a surprise run into the second week of
Wimbledon in 2009, is coming off a confidenceboosting victory over Andy Roddick
at the Queen’s last week. He also beat Youzhny 3–6, 6–1, 6–0, 7–5 at the Nokia
Arena in Tel Aviv in a Davis Cup quarterfinals tie between Russia and Israel in
In doubles action, Andy Ram and partner Julian Knowle (seeded
8th) will take on Eric Butorac and Rajeev Ram in the first round at Wimbledon,
while Yoni Erlich and Serbian partner Dusan Vernic open against Martin Damm and
Roger Federer was handed a tough draw Friday in his bid
for a record-equaling seventh Wimbledon title.
The defending champion and
top-seeded Federer was drawn in the same top half with Roddick, Novak Djokovic
and former champion Lleyton Hewitt.
Federer beat Roddick in a marathon
five-set final last year.
Second-seeded and 2008 winner Rafael Nadal has
Andy Murray and Robin Soderling in the bottom half of the draw.
winner of 16 Grand Slam titles, will open Monday against Colombia’s
Alejandro Falla. Federer hasn’t lost a set in four previous matches with
including a 6-1, 6-2, 6-0 rout at Wimbledon in 2004 and 6-1, 6-2 win on
Halle, Germany, last week.
Nadal plays Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the first
In the women’s draw, the Williams sisters are seeded to meet again
in the final for the fifth time.
Top-seeded and three-time champion
Serena has former winner Maria Sharapova and French Open runner- up
Stosur in her half. Five-time champion Venus has Belgians Kim Clijsters
Justine Henin, both returning to Wimbledon after coming out of
Serena will play 148thranked Michelle Larcher de Brito of
Portugal in the opening round, while Venus opens against Paraguay’s