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After suffering a first round exit in three straight tournaments, Shahar Pe’er will have every chance of kickstarting her season at the home of tennis in Wimbledon this week.
The 24-year-old Israeli, who has slipped to No. 22 in the world, will face 20-year-old left-handed Russian Ksenia Pervak (89) in the first round at the All England Club before a possible meeting with the winner of the match between Sorana Cirstea (81) and Pauline Parmentier (75).
In the last 32, Pe’er could come up against world No. 11 Andrea Petkovic, but considering the Israeli’s recent form, she will not be thinking any further than her opening match.
Meanwhile, after winning 15 straight matches on the Challenger circuit
and receiving a wild-card for the main draw of Wimbledon, Dudi Sela will
be confident of extending his streak when he faces Portugal’s Frederico
Gil (73) in the first round.
Sela has jumped 66 places in the world rankings to No. 81 over the past
six weeks after winning three consecutive Challenger events at at Busan,
South Korea, Fergana, Uzbekistan and most recently on grass at
In the second round, Sela could play world No. 16 Giles Simon.
In doubles, Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich face the prospect of coming up
against the world’s No. 1 team and 10-time grand slam winners Bob and
Mike Bryan as early as the second round.
After missing out on the doubles tournament at Roland Garros, Pe’er will
team-up with three-time Wimbledon doubles champion Cara Black on the
The Israeli/Zimbabwean duo, seeded No. 14, face Britain’s Sarah Borwell and Melanie South in the opening round.