Israelis reflect on Australian Open disappointment

January 17, 2014

There was disappointment for Israel’s three entrants who tumbled out in the first round at the Australian Open.

Shahar Peer (75) went down 6-4, 6-1 against Romanian Monica Niculescu (64). The Israeli no. 1 is still struggling for form following her return from a foot injury.

"I made a lot of mistakes, especially in the second set," said Peer. "I missed a lot of easy shots which I was putting them into the net. However, it's not easy to miss two and a half months - you miss the environment of playing in a game and a lot of it is in the mind.

"But as long as I am able to play to my maximum and enjoy it, then I’ll continue playing."

Julia Glushko (90) went down in three sets, 5-7, 6-3, 1-6, to 26th seed Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic.

Glushko said: "I think I need to work on the mental side of the game - one moment of weakness against the likes of Safarova and she can take the game from you.

"I need to work on the consistency of my game so I can keep the same standard throughout the match."

In the Men’s event, Dudi Sela (68) lost a five-set marathon that lasted nearly four hours against Jarkko Nieminen (39th).

Sela commented: "I will carry on working hard and hope to have a good year.

"I was grateful for the huge support I received today, they were brilliant from before I even arrived on court - if I could take them all around the world with me I would!”

By Josh Landy in Melbourne

Last updated: 11:52am, January 17 2014