Peer looks to pros­per in NY

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BY SI­MON GRIVER

Sha­har Peer’s prepara­ra­tions for next week’s US Open suf­fered a blow as she sank to an em­bar­rass­ing de­feat at the Texas Open. Peer, who is ranked 24 in the world, was blown away by Swe­den’s Jo­hanna Lars­son 6-2 6-4. Lars­son, who sits 40 places be­low Peer in the rank­ings, was just the lat­est player to in­flict more pain on the Is­raeli. Hav­ing de­feated Anas­tasiya Yaki­mova (84) of Be­larus in the open­ing round, Peer looked out of sorts ahead of next week’s tour­na­ment in New York.

Peer reached the fourth round of the US Open last year and will be hard pressed to im­prove.

Re­cent vic­to­ries over Wim­ble­don sen­sa­tion Sabine Lisicki and France’s Pauline Par­men­tier in Cin­n­ci­nati had given plenty of rea­son for op­ti­mism.

But a 6-3 6-2 de­feat to China’s Shuai Peng saw her crash out of the tour­na­ment in the third round.

In the men’s sec­tion, Dudi Sela who only qual­i­fied for Wim­ble­don as a wild card en­try af­ter slip­ping to 146 in the rank­ings ear­lier this year, is back up at 94 and qual­i­fies au­to­mat­i­cally for the US Open main draw.

Af­ter tak­ing sev­eral weeks off from the ATP tour­na­ment, Sela made it through to the sec­ond round at the Win­ston-Salem Open where he was beaten in straight sets by Amer­ica’s John Isner.

Andy Ram and Jonathan Er­lich will be play­ing in the mens dou­bles at Flush­ing Mead­ows as they at­tempt to re­cap­ture past form.

Ju­lia Glushko (170) and Amir Wein­traub (196) will be play­ing in this week’s US Open qual­i­fiers.

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