Shahar Pe’er at the French Open in Paris..
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Shahar Pe’er and Dudi Sela were both sent packing in the first round of Roland Garros on Monday.
Pe’er, ranked No. 88 in the world, was thoroughly outplayed in a 6-0, 6-2 defeat to Canada’s rising star Eugenie Bouchard (16).
Sela (110) at least managed to take a set on Monday, but he won only two games otherwise, ultimately losing 6-1, 2-6, 6-1, 6-0 to American Donald Young (79).
Israel’s third and final representative in the singles tournaments in Paris, Julia Glushko (98), faces 18-year-old Croatian Donna Vekic (67) in the first round on Tuesday.
Pe’er entered the French Open on the back of two consecutive first-round exits and was steamrolled at the start of Monday’s encounter, claiming just six points in the first four games.
The first set was over in 25 minutes, but Pe’er finally got on the board after 33 minutes by winning the second game of the second set.
However, she lost her serve soon after and a lengthy rain break midway through the set did nothing to slow down Bouchard, who wrapped up the victory after 59 minutes.
The last time Pe’er made it past the first round of a Grand Slam was in last year’s Australian Open, with the Israeli only reaching the second round of a major once since Roland Garros 2012.
Sela has progressed past the opening round of a Grand Slam just once since 2011 after failing to find his form against Young.
The Israel No. 1 lost the first set in just 21 minutes, but stormed back to level the score with a 6-2 win in the second.
However, he was broken three times in the third set and couldn’t manage to claim a single game in the fourth on the way to a humbling exit.
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