Shahar Peer 311.
(photo credit: Daniel Maurer/DAPD/AP)
Shahar Pe’er’s Wimbledon campaign ended in bitter disappointment on Wednesday
after she suffered a 3-6, 6-3, 6- 4 defeat to Angelique Kerber of Germany in the
Everything seemed to be in place for Pe’er to move a step
closer to reaching the last 16 at the All England Club for the second time in
her career. But she played well below par on Wednesday and conceded that she did
not deserve to advance to the third round.
“This is really
disappointing,” Pe’er told the Jerusalem Post.
“The match was very tight,
but I didn’t take my chances and didn’t serve well. You need to find a way to
win even when you’re not playing well and I couldn’t do that
13th-seeded Pe’er was far from her best from the outset, but she
was the more composed player in the first set and took a significant lead after
Kerber (54) sent a return wide.
The Israeli’s poor form would catch up
with her in the second set, however, with the German taking a quick 3- 0 lead.
Pe’er managed to break back to close within a single game (4-3), only to lose
her serve once more moments later and drop the set soon after.
serving was an issue throughout the match, with the 23-year-old making just 56
percent of her first serves, allowing Kerber to reach 14 break
“Every time I broke back I dropped my serve immediately
afterwards,” Pe’er said. “It is difficult to come back into the match and then
get broken moments later. I got very few free points on my serve. I missed a lot
of first serves and that is problematic.”
Ahead of the third set, Pe’er
called for the trainer to receive treatment on her right thigh, which had been
heavily wrapped since the start of the tournament. However, the momentum was
still on Kerber’s side after the lengthy break, with the German breaking in the
first game of the third set and holding serve to take a 2-0
Pe’er, who showed no ill effects of the injury, broke back to
tie the score at 2-2, but yet again couldn’t move into the lead,
serve in the next game.
The Israeli had her chances to break back in the
remainder of the set, but she never really found her rhythm and Kerber
out the match.
“This is very frustrating,” Pe’er said. “This is a Grand
Slam tournament and I really wanted to do well. I’ve had some pain in my
for a few days and I will have it checked. It bothered me a little in
set, but it was not a problem in the third set and it is not the reason I
Pe’er will now turn her attention to the doubles tournament where
she is playing once more with Monica Niculescu. The Israeli/Romanian
No. 14, face Alona and Kateryna Bondarenko in the first round.