Shahar Pe’er 150.
(photo credit: Mike Blake/Reuters)
Much has changed at Wimbledon following its Olympic facelift.
noticeably, the familiar green advertising backgrounds have been replaced by
non-commercial purple canvases and much of the proficient staff of the annual
Grand Slam event have made way for clueless newcomers.
However, there are
some things that never change.
To name two: the rain and Shahar Pe’er
being knocked out in the first round.
I guess that may be a little
After all, it was world No. 3 Maria Sharapova who thrashed her
6-2, 6-0 on Sunday and in recent times she tends to make it as far as a second
round before losing.
However, Pe’er has gone so long since her last
winning run that you begin to wonder if she will ever string together two
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Not since the Doha event more than five months ago has
Pe’er progressed past a second round, a run of 14 tournaments.
had a chance against Sharapova on Centre Court.
Shahar said before the
match that she would like nothing more than to beat the snobby Sharapova, who
according to the Israeli is one of the least friendly players on
But Pe’er never came close to testing the Russian.
did Shahar enter the encounter 0-6 in her career against the Russian, but
Sunday’s match was also played on the Wimbledon grass under the roof, conditions
which highlight the Israeli’s weaknesses and accentuate Sharapova’s
As disappointing as it may be to see your Olympics end after
one match, Pe’er will quickly put Sunday’s loss behind her.
really expect to beat Sharapova and the sad truth is that she has recently had
plenty of practice at overcoming defeats.
And that is the real
“It’s not just this year that I’ve been struggling it was also
last year,” Pe’er said after the match with a wry smile.
to work hard on my game. I can’t ask myself to give any more than my all and
that is what I am doing.”
There is no shame in losing to Sharapova, but
Pe’er’s current run of futility is quickly becoming a cause for
And worst of all, there seems to be no end in sight.
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