It’s game, set and match as Shahar calls it a day
TENNIS SHAHAR Peer admits her decision to retire from tennis was down to a combination of losing desire for the game and injuries.
The announcement by the 29-year-old comes as no surprise as she has not competed in any tournaments for more than a year.
Peer described the decision as “one of the most difficult of my life”.
She said: “I’ve been playing for 23 years, including 13 years as a professional. I’ve been suffering a chronic inflammation in my shoulder, which has plagued me for more than two years and does not let me compete at the highest levels that I am used to.
“I look back with a huge smile, full of satisfaction and I’m proud of my achievements and the way I represented Israel.”
Peer also says she had lost her passion for the game. She reached No. 11 in the WTA rankings in 2011 — the highest position of any Israeli tennis player.
Peer also won 11 WTA tournaments and $5.2 million in prize money in a career that saw her reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in 2007.