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Suffering humbling defeats in the early rounds of Grand Slam tournaments is
becoming somewhat of a habit for Shahar Pe’er.
The 24-year-old Israeli,
ranked No. 24 in the world, was sent packing by American wild-card and world
106 Sloane Stephens in the second round of the US Open on Thursday
night, losing 6-1, 7-6 (4).
After being knocked out in the opening round
of both Roland Garros and Wimbledon by players ranked outside the world’s
top-80, Pe’er at least managed to reach the second round in New York, only to
fall at the hands of an opponent she really should have beaten.
made 38 unforced errors to hitting just 14 winners and squandered a chance to
tie the match at one set all when she was serving in the ninth game of the
“I told myself when I woke up this morning, I have to focus,
be aggressive and play my game. I stuck to that pretty well today,” Stephens
“When she broke me for 5- 3 I thought, ‘Oh man, this is going to be
a long night.’ I hung in there. I got my momentum back at 4-5. That
helped me in the next few games.”
After losing to Roger Federer in
straight-sets in the second round on Thursday, Dudi Sela has turned his focus to
Israel’s upcoming Davis Cup tie against Canada.
Israel hosts the World
Group playoff tie at the Canada Stadium in Ramat Hasharon over the weekend of
“It’s tough on the center court,” Sela said after losing
6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to Federer. “I was very nervous from the beginning. Every shot he
hit was a winner.
“If I played him on court 25 maybe I’d have a better
“You want to go out there and give him a tough time, even though
he’s one of the greatest players ever. But I had no chance against his serve.
Zero chance.” Sela also told The Jerusalem Post
that there’s no truth to the
reports that he plans to move to live in the US.
“There was an article in
an Israeli paper earlier this week reporting that I moved to the States,” Sela
“That is not true. I have a brother in New York and a sister who
lives in Dallas, Texas. I like to visit them and I like to play
Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich faced No. 9 seeds Jurgen Melzer and
Philipp Petzschner in the second round of the doubles tournament late
Saturday.Howard Blas contributed to this report.