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