Tennis: Shahar’s slump continues; Dudi’s too

Shahar Pe’er failed to make it past a second round of an event for the ninth time in her past 11 tries on Tuesday, losing to Zakopalova.

Shahar Pe’er (photo credit: REUTERS)
Shahar Pe’er
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Shahar Pe’er failed to make it past a second round of an event for the ninth time in her past 11 tries on Tuesday, losing 6-3, 6-1 to Klara Zakopalova in the second round of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
The 24-year-old Israeli, ranked No. 26 in the world, hit just 46 percent of her first serves in against Zakopalova (48), who won in a mere 66 minutes.

Pe’er will remain in the Far East in the coming week to play in the $4,500,000 China Open in Beijing before ending what has been a disappointing season with tournaments in Linz, Austria, and Luxembourg.
In men’s action, Dudi Sela suffered his 12th defeat in 17 ATP Tour matches this year on Monday, falling 6-2, 6-3 to Santiago Giraldo in the first round of the Thailand Open in Bangkok.