Shahar Pe’er suffered her fourth defeat of the year to a player ranked 100 or
lower on Tuesday, falling 6-3, 6-3 to Russian Nina Bratchikova, ranked No. 130
in the world, in the first round of the Pattaya Open in Thailand.
25-year-old Israeli claimed her first win in six months when she advanced to the
second round of the Australian Open two weeks ago, but she has now lost in the
opening round in eight of her past nine tournaments, stretching back to last
Pe’er’s fourth defeat of the year to a player ranked 100 or lower
equals the amount of such losses she suffered throughout a bitterly
disappointing 2012, with the Israeli only losing twice to players outside of the
top-100 in 2011 and going unbeaten against such opponents in 2010.
will return to Israel in the coming days to prepare for next week’s Fed Cup
Europe/Africa Zone Group I matches, which will be played in Eilat between
Israel, which was drawn to face Poland, Romania and Turkey
in Pool C, will need to finish first to advance to a tie against another of the
three pool winners for a place in April’s World Group II playoffs.
was very candid when speaking of her struggles last week before suffering
another setback in Thailand.
“This is very difficult for me, but I still
love what I do and I’m working hard and I hope that things will get better
soon,” said Pe’er, who could drop out of the top-100 next week. “I haven’t
played well in a long time and you can’t change that overnight.
to be patient and have faith in yourself.
Things will come together at
some stage, but I don’t know if it will be in a week, a month or a year.”
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