Shahar Peer 311.
(photo credit: Reuters)
As if her recent form wasn’t bad enough, Shahar Pe’er will have to come through
a tricky draw at Roland Garros if she is to reach the last 16 of the second
Grand Slam event of 2011 for a second straight year.
Israeli, ranked No. 20 in the world, will face Maria Jose Sanchez
Martinez (87) in the first round in Paris on Sunday in what will be a second
career meeting between the two, with Pe’er beating the Spaniard in straight sets
in Dubai earlier this year.
Should Pe’er overcome Martinez Sanchez, which
is no guarantee considering the Israeli is coming off a defeat to world No. 429
Casey Dellacque in the first round of the Brussels Open last week, she is set to
face the winner of the first round match between Rebecca Marino (62) and
Kateryna Bondarenko (113).
Standing between Pe’er and a place in the last
16 could well be Svetlana Kuznetsova (13), with world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki a
possible opponent in the fourth round.
However, with her recent struggles
on clay, Pe’er will be focused on taking one match at a time, hoping to grow in
confidence as the tournament progresses.
Meanwhile, Dudi Sela will return
to the world’s top-100 on Monday after claiming his second straight Challenger
circuit title on Saturday, defeating Greg Jones of Australia 6-2, 6-1 in the
final in Fergana, Uzbekistan.
Sela dropped just one set in his five
matches in Uzbekistan, and after jumping 39 places to No. 108 in the world last
week following his triumph in Busan, South Korea, he is set to break back into
the top-100 this week.
With Sela forgoing the European clay-court season,
Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich are the only other Israelis playing in Paris. The men’s
doubles draw will be made on Monday.