Shahar Pe’er announced on Sunday that she has played her last match of 2012,
revealing that she has been suffering from an injury in her left leg since
The 25-year-old Israeli, who is currently ranked at No. 62 in
the world, has experienced a bitterly disappointing year, and is set to drop
down the rankings once more next week after falling in the first round of the US
Open, her fifth consecutive defeat in an opening round of a
“Since January I have had an injury in my left leg and it
never really healed,” Pe’er wrote on her Facebook page on
Sunday. “Practices and tournaments only made it worse. “Therefore,
I decided to take the rest of the 2012 season off to treat my body, rest, and
get ready in the best possible way for the 2013 season."
Sela will return to the world’s top 100 next week after winning the $50,000
Challenger tournament in Bangkok on Sunday.
The 27-year-old Sela,
currently ranked No. 109 in the world, chose not to play in the US Open
qualifiers after failing to receive direct acceptance to the tournament due to
his plummeting ranking. His decision was vindicated on Sunday with a 6-1, 7-5
win over Japan’s Yuichi Sugita (163) in the final.