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Shahar Pe’er’s season hit a worrying low on Monday afternoon after she dropped
to a 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 defeat to world No. 429 Casey Dellacqua in the first round of
the Brussels Open.
The 24-year-old Israeli, who fell four places to No.
20 in the rankings earlier Monday, hadn’t lost to a player ranked outside the
world’s top-100 since September 2008, but never found her footing against
Dellacqua, which was placed as high as No. 39 in July 2008 and only returned
from an eight-month injury layoff in February.
The telling statistic from
the match was break-point conversion, with Pe’er winning just two of 13 break
attempts, while Dellacqua took advantage of five of six chances.
will now turn her attention to the second Grand Slam of the year that gets under
way in Paris next week, hoping to kick-start her season at Roland Garros, where
she reached the last 16 in 2010.
Dudi Sela jumped 39 places to No. 108 in
the world on Monday thanks to his triumph at the Busan Challenger tournament in
South Korea on Sunday.
Amir Weintraub, who lost in the quarterfinals in
Busan, climbed 17 places to a new career best, No. 246.
proclaims Djokovic Paris favorite ROME (Reuters) – World No. 1 Rafa Nadal
acclaimed Novak Djokovic as the man to beat at the French Open after losing to
the Serbian in straight sets on clay for the second time in a week at the Rome
Masters on Sunday.
The Spaniard, who has won the title at Roland Garros
five times in the past six years, fell 6-4, 6-4 in Italy, seven days after
losing his undefeated record against Djokovic on clay in Madrid.
playing the best right now,” Nadal told reporters. “In the last few months he’s
been at a different level. He’s doing amazing things. He’s playing with a lot of
confidence. I’m the second in the race. My goal is to be there the next
But Nadal, who has won nine Grand Slam titles compared to
Djokovic’s two wins at the Australian Open, hinted that a showpiece occasion
would bring a different challenge.
“The big champions are not just those
that are able to win every week but those that are able to wait until the right
moment,” he said. “I’ve beaten him in the past but now he’s beating me. There
are always ups and downs in a career.”
After almost pulling out of the
tournament earlier in the week because of a virus, the Mallorcan said his
priority was to recover for the French Open, which begins on
“The most important thing is to arrive in the right conditions
for the next tournament,” he said. “There are many things to do to
improve.”Reuters contributed to this report