(photo credit: REUTERS)
A disappointing 2011 season has come to a premature end for Shahar Pe’er after
she was diagnosed with a stress fracture in her back, ruling her out of action
for four weeks.
The 24-year-old Israeli, who failed to make it past the
second round in 10 of her past 12 tournaments, had suffered from pain in her
back over the last two weeks while playing and training in Tokyo and
However, the stress fracture in a vertebra in her lower back was
only diagnosed earlier this week after she flew to Israel to be checked at the
Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer.
“I’m very disappointed to be ending
the season like this,” said Pe’er, who was scheduled to complete 2011 with
tournaments in Linz and Luxembourg. “I had really hoped to end the season with
two successful tournaments in Europe.
Fortunately, the stress fracture
was diagnosed at an early stage so the injury isn’t supposed to be too
Pe’er, who was knocked out in the first round of the China Open
on Sunday, the seventh time this year she was sent packing in an opening round
of a tournament, will rest in the next four weeks before resuming training in
Israel ahead of a pre-season camp in the US at the end of the
"After a long season I’m happy to be back in Israel for almost two
months,” said Pe’er, who is set to drop out of the world’s top-30 next week for
the first time since 2009. “But of course I’m really looking forward to getting
back to the court, working hard and beginning next season a healthier and better