Peer: I must raise my game for the Olympics

By Laura Stadler, July 6, 2012
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Shahar Peer admits she will have to overcome some psychological barriers if she is to push for a medal at the Olympics Games.

Peer has never been beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon and knows she will have to adapt her game on what she describes as her “least favourite surface”.

The Israeli Davis Cup star crashed out of the grand slam at the first hurdle, but says she is relishing the challenge of competing at her second Olympics.

“I’m really excited,” she said. “It’s a great achievement for me to take part in two consecutive Olympics.

“I always said I wanted to take part in three, so hopefully I will have another chance in four years time.”

Peer plans to get as much practice in as possible after her competition ended when she was beaten in the mixed doubles. Pairing up with Jonathan Erlich, they lost to compatriot Andy Ram and Kveta Peschke.

Peer added: “I now have two tournaments on clay, then we will come a few days before as usual for Wimbledon to practice on grass.

"We cannot stay nearby and will live at the Olympic village in Stratford with the rest of the team.

"It is not my favourite surface, but I can only come and try to do my best and hopefully do well.

“You cannot play the same game as other surfaces, so it’s tough. It’s so one dimensional.”

Last updated: 8:55am, July 6 2012