Shahar hangs up her rac­quet

New Straits Times - - Sport -

NEW YORK: For­mer World No 11 Shahar Peer, the most suc­cess­ful Is­raeli woman to play on the WTA Tour, an­nounced her re­tire­ment be­cause of in­jury on Tues­day.

The 29-year-old righthander won five sin­gles ti­tles in 12 years on the WTA Tour and reached her ca­reer high rank­ing in Jan­uary 2011.

Shahar had not played a match on tour since the Abierto Mon­ter­rey in Fe­bru­ary last year, when she lost in the open­ing round of qual­i­fy­ing.

“I made this de­ci­sion fol­low­ing a chronic in­flam­ma­tion in my shoul­der, that has been last­ing for over two years, and pre­vents me from com­pet­ing at the high level that I am used to and ex­pect from my­self,” Shahar wrote on

Face­book.

“I look back on this ex­pe­ri­ence with a huge smile, a lot of hap­pi­ness and sat­is­fac­tion.

“I am proud of all of my ac­com­plish­ments.”

Shahar, who turned pro­fes­sional in 2004, be­came the first Is­raeli woman to make the quar­ter­fi­nals of a grand slam, do­ing so twice in 2007, at the Aus­tralian Open and US Open.

In 2008, she be­came the first Is­raeli to com­pete at a WTA tour­na­ment in the Ara­bian Penin­sula when she took part in the Qatar Open.

In ad­di­tion to her suc­cess­ful WTA ca­reer, Shahar was a Fed Cup stal­wart for Is­rael, play­ing 76 matches and com­pil­ing a 45-31 record, and in 2008 she rep­re­sented Is­rael at the Bei­jing Olympics.

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