Shahar Peer good 311.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
Shahar Pe’er gave Venus Williams a run for her money on Sunday, but lost,
The 23-year-old Israeli, ranked No. 19 in the world and seeded
16th at Flushing Meadows, battled the No. 3-seeded American for an hour and 54
minutes, but still failed to take her first set ever against Williams, losing
7-6(3), 6- 3 in the fourth round of the US Open to fall to 0-6 in her career
against Serena’s big sister.
Pe’er entered the match with the right
tactic, choosing to go for her shots, especially on Williams’ second serves,
while also trying to come into the net as much as possible.
It worked for
much of the afternoon, with the Israeli winning 20 of 34 points on the second
serve of the 2000 and 2001 US Open champion. However, she could never gain the
upper hand overall at the Arthur Ashe Stadium and will have to wait at least
four more months before she will try again to reach her first Grand Slam
quarterfinal since the 2007 US Open.
“The conditions were very
difficult. It’s not easy to play with this wind,” said Pe’er, who can be
pleased with her overall performance in New York after reaching just one
quarterfinal in her previous six events.
“I think I was feeling okay. I
think I played better the round before, but obviously both of us didn’t play our
best, because it’s tough to play very, very well in this wind. You try to make
as least errors as possible. But, you know, I was getting very close in the
match, and I think I was fighting very well.”
Despite yet another defeat
to Venus, Pe’er remains confident she will be able to eventually get the better
“I think the first set can give me more for the future,
because every time I played Venus I had a tough time and she was always kind of
killing me every match,” she added with a smile.
“Today’s match was much
closer and I think I’m playing better. I just need to take it to the end of the
year also, because I don’t think I played very well in the last couple of weeks.
So I think it’s good for me, this performance this week.”
defeat, Pe’er will remain in New York for at least one more day after advancing
to the third round of the doubles tournament late Saturday night.
and Monica Niculescu, seeded 13th, beat Alexa Glatch and Coco Vandeweghe 6-7
(6), 6-3, 7-6 (4) and will face top seeds Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta in
the last 16.
On Sunday, Williams closed out the first game of the match
with an ace, but Pe’er also held her serve and began to find her rhythm as the
The Israeli claimed the first break of the
afternoon in the fifth game, only to drop her serve in the subsequent
Venus lifted her level of play.
The same pattern would follow in the next
two games, with Shahar breaking before immediately dropping her
After both players held serve in the following three games,
Williams reached five set points in the 12th game, but a sensational
Pe’er saw her keep her serve and force a tiebreak.
However, the American
would dominate the breaker, racing into a 5-1 lead before claiming a 7-3
thanks to a superb forehand.
Pe’er’s interim American coach, Craig
Kardon, who has previously coached Martina Navratilova, Jennifer
Ana Ivanovic, did his best to encourage his player from the stands, but
she was broken to love in the third game of the second set it was clear
was going to be only one winner.
Pe’er had a chance to break in the sixth
game, but she couldn’t make it count, and despite breaking to close to
would lose her serve and the match in the next game.
“Winning the first
set always feels good and gives you a big advantage,” Williams said.
so well, especially under these conditions. It is not easy.”
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