Tennis: Pe’er crumbles at Qatar Open

Coming off of a stunning upset of world No. 13 Jelena Jankovic Wednesday, Shahar Peer squandered a comfortable early lead.

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February 17, 2012 05:29
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AN EXHAUSTED Shahar Pe’er

AN EXHAUSTED Shahar Pe’er 390. (photo credit: Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters)

 
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Shahar Pe’er was brought back down to earth in heartbreaking fashion on Thursday, leading by a set and a break only to eventually fall to a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 defeat to American Christina McHale in the third round of the Qatar Open.

The 24-year-old Israeli, ranked No. 37 in the world, advanced to the last 16 with her biggest win of the year so far, beating world No. 13 Jelena Jankovic on Wednesday.

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Pe’er seemed well on course to reach the quarterfinals after taking the first set against McHale (38) and breaking the American to lead 3-2 in the second.

The Israeli was dominating McHale’s serve and holding her games with ease for the first set-and-a-half, but the American broke Pe’er right back to tie the score before taking eight consecutive points to open a 5-3 lead.

The momentum was now well and truly on McHale’s side and the 19-year-old completed a run of eight straight games to open a 4-0 lead in the third set from which Pe’er could not come back.

Dudi Sela was knocked out in the first round in San Jose on Wednesday, losing 6-7 (7), 6-2, 7-6 (1) to Australian Matthew Ebden.

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