It’s game, set and match as Shahar calls it a day

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY SI­MON GRIVER

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.

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Shahar Peer

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