SHAHAR PE’ER returns the ball to Ana Ivanovic 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Shahar Pe’er was sent packing from Roland Garros in just 55 minutes on
Wednesday, losing 6-2, 6-2 to Ana Ivanovic in the second round in
The 25-year-old Israeli, ranked No. 55 in the world, had won all
three of her previous meetings against the former world No. 1, but the two
hadn’t met since 2010 and Pe’er was thoroughly outplayed by Ivanovic (14) on
Pe’er was her own worse enemy, committing 23 unforced errors
while hitting just six winners, claiming just an embarrassing 27 percent (13 of
47) of the points on her serve.
Pe’er has now gone 10 tournaments and
more then three months without progressing past a second round, with the Israeli
making just a single quarterfinal in what has been a dismal year to
Shahar, who has also not been beyond a Grand Slam second round
since last year’s Australian Open, got Wednesday’s match off to a promising
start, breaking in the first game.
However, Ivanovic would open a 5-1
lead after just 18 minutes and broke Pe’er again in the eighth game with a
forehand winner to clinch the first set.
Pe’er finally held her serve for
the first time in the match in the second game of the second set, but she was
broken to love in the fourth game and ended the match with another unforced
error, sending a backhand into the net to the delight of the triumphant
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Meanwhile, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic gave themselves
more work than anticipated in moving into the third round on
Former champion Federer set a record with his 234th Grand-Slam
match win but only after wasting two match points in a third-set tiebreak and
having to play a fourth set to beat Romanian Adrian Ungur.
third-seeded Federer eventually won 6-3, 6-2, 6- 7, 6-3 on a sunny Philippe
Chatrier court to pass Jimmy Connors’s professional-era record, having equaled
it in the first round.
“Instead of being aggressive I let him show me
what he could do,” Federer said of the lost match points.
World No. 1
Djokovic, aiming to become the first man in 43 years to hold all four Grand Slam
titles at the same time, rattled off the first seven games before beating
Slovenian Blaz Kavcic 6-0, 6-4, 6-4.
Women’s world No. 1 Victoria
Azarenka redeemed herself after narrowly avoiding a first-round defeat when she
easily beat German qualifier Dinah Pfizenmaier 6-1, 6-1 in her second match,
while eighth seeded Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli, a semifinalist last year, hit 14
double faults on the way to a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 defeat by Croatian world No. 50
A subdued Venus Williams was soundly beaten by third-seeded
Pole Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-3.
Former world No. 1 Williams, who has
won seven grand slam events, is rebuilding her game and her life after being
diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.Reuters contributed to this report.
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