Revival the name of Peer's game in Paris

By Simon Griver, May 19, 2011
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Shahar Peer will be looking to revive her fading fortunes in the French Open, starting on Sunday.

Her preparations received a blow as she was stunned 1-6, 7-5, 3-6 by Australia's Casey Dellacqua (429) in the first round of the Brussels Open. This was Peer's first-ever defeat to a player outside of the top 200.

Peer recently reached the third round of the Italian Open, where she lost to the eventual winner Maria Sharapova. The Israeli, who reached a career high of 11 last month, has now fallen to 20 in the WTA rankings.

Peer will need to at least match her performance last year when she reached the fourth round at Roland Garros where she lost to Serena Williams to defend the ranking points she gained then. Doubles specialists Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram are the only other Israelis in the main draw in Paris.

Julia Glushko, now ranked 185, is the only Israeli to chance her arm in the qualifiers.

Dudi Sela's decision to ignore the French Open and the entire ATP clay court tournament circuit paid off when he won the Busan Challenger tournament in South Korea.

Having slipped to 147 in the world rankings, he climbed to 107 after beating Japan's Tatsuma Ito (130) 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 in the final.

Sela said: "I was very consistent all week and I'm very happy about the title. I hope to carry on gaining confidence and points."

Sela, who was a top 30 player two years ago, plays in the Fergana Challenger in Uzbekistan this week.

    Last updated: 2:28pm, May 19 2011