Shahar Pe'er 390 (R).
(photo credit: REUTER/Regis Duvignau )
Shahar Pe’er was sent packing from the Paris Open in humbling fashion on Tuesday
night, being thrashed 6-1, 6- 3 in the first round by Julie Goerges in just 51
The 24-year-old Israeli, ranked No. 37 in the world, was
steamrolled by the German, with Goerges clinching the first set in a mere 16
minutes, hitting 19 winners to Pe’er’s zero.
After losing 13 straight
points to end the first set, Pe’er managed to stop the rot at the start of the
second, but all in all she was completely outplayed by the world No. 21,
committing one fewer unforced error than her opponent (15 to 16), but hitting 31
less winners (4 to 35).
“She’s a great player and I didn’t expect such an
easy match,” a polite Goerges said after the match.
Open champion Li Na retired injured from her first-round match against Bulgarian
Tsvetana Pironkova at the Paris Open.
China’s Li, the world No. 9, threw
in the towel when she was 7-6 3-2 down.
The third seed had called on the
trainer earlier to treat back pain.
Also on Tuesday, former world No. 1
Jelena Jankovic of Serbia pulled out with a thigh strain.
seeded fourth in Paris, picked up the injury in a Fed Cup tie against Belgium
“I am really disappointed not to play here,” she told a
news conference. “I don’t know when I will be able to resume playing but I don’t
regret having played in the Fed Cup.”Reuters contributed to this report