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Shahar Pe’er and Yoni Erlich were sent packing from the mixed doubles tournament
at Wimbledon on Friday, losing 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals to No. 4 seeds
Mahesh Bhupathi and Elena Vesnina in exactly one hour.
The Israeli duo
could not cope with the serving of the Indian/Russian team, winning just six of
40 return points, reaching just a single break opportunity.
success at the All England Club may be a promising sign ahead of next year’s
London Olympics where they could team up in the mixed doubles tournament, Pe’er
and Erlich have got far more urgent concerns at the moment.
straight first-round exits, including at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, Pe’er is
desperate to get her year back on track.
She will spend the next few
weeks training before returning to the WTA Tour at the small $220,000 tournament
at Washington in three weeks time.
Erlich and partner Andy Ram were also
knocked out in the first round of both the French Open and Wimbledon, but will
be looking to build on their recent triumph at Eastbourne when they begin the
North American hardcourt season in three weeks.