Introducing Israel’s Olympians: Shahar Pe'er

The 25-year-old tennis star, currently ranked No. 50 in the world, has suffered from a steady decline over the past 12 months.

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July 6, 2012 05:37
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Shahar Pe'er

Shahar Pe'er 390. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Pe’er is one of the more famous names in Israel’s delegation to London, but her reputation has taken a hit in recent times.

The 25-year-old, currently ranked No. 50 in the world, has suffered from a steady decline over the past 12 months and is struggling to string together winning streaks these days.

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Pe’er has gone 12 tournaments without progressing past a second round, and following her first round defeat at Wimbledon last week, has now failed to win two matches in a Grand Slam event since last year’s Australian Open.

There is little reason to believe Pe’er will be able to turn things around at the Olympics, especially with the tennis tournament to take place at Wimbledon where she hasn’t reached the third round since 2008.

Shahar will play two tournaments on clay ahead of her return to London, meaning she will once more face the difficulty of making the transition to grass courts.

Pe’er will be taking part in her second Olympics, and considering her recent form, it would be unrealistic to expect anything more than another second round exit from the Games.

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