Pe’er, Sela lose in Holland; Nalby in more trouble
Israel's top tennis stars each head into Wimbledon after facing first-round losses at the Den Bosch Open.
Shahar Peer loses in Holland Photo: REUTERS
Shahar Pe’er and Dudi Sela will enter Wimbledon in inauspicious form after
suffering straight-set exits at the Den Bosch Open in the Netherlands on
Pe’er, ranked No. 47 in the world, dropped to a 6-2, 7-6 (5)
secondround defeat to the in-form Dominika Cibulkova (13), who reached the
quarterfinals at Roland Garros two weeks ago by beating world No. 1 Victoria
The 25-year-old Israeli has now gone 11 tournaments without
progressing past a second round.
Sela (106) has won consecutive matches
just once in his last 12 ATP Tour tournaments after falling to a 6- 1, 6-2
first-round loss to Poland’s Lukasz Kubot (48) on Tuesday.
been past the second round of a Grand Slam tournament since Wimbledon three
years ago, while Pe’er has failed to do so since last January’s Australian
Wimbledon starts on Monday.
Elsewhere, Petra Kvitova’s
preparations for the defense of her Wimbledon title suffered a setback when she
was beaten by Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova in the first round of the Eastbourne
International on Tuesday.
The No. 2 seed, who beat Maria Sharapova in the
final of last year’s Wimbledon, lost 7-5, 6-4 to Makarova who is ranked 48th in
Kvitova had looked in good shape heading into the grass-court
season, having lost in the semifinals of the French Open to eventual champion
Meanwhile, British police are investigating a complaint of
assault after Argentine player David Nalbandian injured a linesman in a petulant
outburst during the final of the Queen’s Club tournament at the
The governing body of men’s tennis (ATP) said separately that
they had fined the player the maximum of 10,000 euros ($12,600). Nalbandian had
already forfeited prize money (at least $56,800) and ranking points for the
The ATP also said he could face an additional fine or ban once the
governing body has finished reviewing the incident.
leading Sunday’s match 7-6, 3-3 when he dropped serve in the seventh game and
reacted by kicking out at a wooden advertising board which disintegrated on
impact and slammed into official Andrew McDougall’s left leg.
McDougall cried out and instantly clutched his shin.
When he rolled up
his trouser leg, blood could be seen seeping from the wound.
some on-court attention before being escorted off the ground to the club’s
After prolonged discussions between officials, umpire
Fergus Murphy disqualified Nalbandian for “unsportsmanlike behavior” and awarded
the match to his Croatian opponent Marin Cilic.
A Scotland Yard spokesman
said on Monday: “An allegation of assault has been made to us relating to an
incident at the...tennis tournament and we are now
Nalbandian apologized after the incident, saying: “I know
what I did is a mistake, 100 percent. I feel very sorry for the guy. I didn’t
want to do that. But sometimes you get angry and you cannot control those
Reuters contributed to this report