(photo credit: Associated Press)
After almost two years with Pablo Giacopelli, Shahar Pe’er is looking for a
coach once more.
Giacopelli, who recently got married, notified Pe’er
that he would not be able to guide her any longer because of personal
Giacopelli began working with Pe’er in November 2008 and brought
some off-court stability for the Israeli, who had tried several coaching options
Injuries and some misfortune meant it took a few months
until Giacopelli’s work bore fruit, but since the end of last year Pe’er
gone from strength to strength and has played some of the best tennis of
life in recent months.
Pe’er reached a career-best No. 14 in the world in
June and is currently ranked just below that, at 16th.
“I would like to
thank Pablo for all of his work and for a fruitful and fun period which
excellent achievements and a record ranking,” said Pe’er, who is
Los Angeles, training for the North American hard-court season, which
begin in Stanford, California next week.
Meanwhile, Serena Williams is in
doubt for the US Open because of her recent foot injury, according to
Williams cut her right foot on broken glass at a restaurant shortly
after winning Wimbledon. The tour said last week she needed surgery and
miss three tournaments leading up to the Open.
On Monday, tour spokesman
Andrew Walker said Williams is questionable for the final Grand Slam of
Williams’ return to the Open has been widely anticipated because of
her tumultuous semifinal loss there last year, when she threw a tirade
at a line
judge at the end of a match against Kim Clijsters and was fined a record
Because of the injury, Williams is missing the entire World Team
Tennis season with the Washington Kastles.
Her team said she cut the
bottom of her foot and needed stitches.
“Hey guys I’m doing better,”
Williams tweeted Monday. “Thanks for all the love.”
Ranked No. 1,
Williams won her fourth Wimbledon crown and 13th major title July 3. The
occurred shortly after in Europe and at first was not believed to be
After hurting her foot, Williams played in an exhibition in
Brussels on July 8 against Clijsters before a worldrecord tennis crowd
Williams attended a WTT match the next night in Glen Falls, New
York and did not play but briefly discussed her injury with reporters.
asked how she was able to play against Clijsters, Williams said, “Those
doctors and waffles.”
Clijsters said she knew before the exhibition that
Williams was hurt pretty seriously.
“I saw her before we started but she
didn’t go into how it happened,” Clijsters said. “I told her how much I
her for coming out there. A lot of players in her situation wouldn’t
Williams subsequently withdrew from upcoming tournaments in
Istanbul, Cincinnati and Montreal. The last of those, at Montreal,
16, and the US Open starts August 30.AP contributed to this report