French test for Peer

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY SI­MON GRIVER

SHA­HAR Peer is look­ing to dig her­self out of the big­gest cri­sis of her ca­reer and get back on track in the French Open, which starts on Mon­day.

The clay at Roland Gar­ros in Paris is usu­ally Peer’s favourite sur­face but her prepa­ra­tions for the sec­ond grand slam of the year have gone awry af­ter a shoul­der in­jury forced her to with­draw from last week’s Ber­lin Open and this week’s Stras­bourg tour­na­ment.

Af­ter she recom­menced train­ing in Is­rael this week, Peer told our re­porter that her shoul­der was “feel­ing bet­ter” and in­sisted that her ca­reer is not in cri­sis, even though, cur­rently ranked 18, she is con­sis­tently fail­ing to main­tain her record of beat­ing play­ers ranked above her over the past year.

She has suf­fered a string of hu­mil­i­at­ing de­feats in re­cent weeks to play­ers ranked nearly 100 places be­low her. “I know I am not play­ing my best ten­nis but that is part of ev­ery ath­lete’s ca­reer,” she said. “I’m tak­ing the pos­i­tives out of ev­ery sit­u­a­tion and work­ing hard. I am sure I will re­turn to form soon.”

The 21-year-old sidestepped ques­tions about what would be deemed a suc­cess­ful tour­na­ment in Paris where she has reached the last 16 in each of the past two years. “I am not think­ing so far ahead,” she in­sisted.

Tzipi Obziler, Dudi Sela, along with dou­bles spe­cial­ists Andy Ram and Jonathan Er­lich are also in­volved.

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