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Shahar Peer BlogA three-time winner on the WTA Tour, Peer is currently ranked a career-best 16th in the world. Born in Jerusalem, Israel, Shahar began playing tennis at the age of 6 with her brother and sister. She is also member of Israel's Fed Cup team and a multiple winner in doubles on tour.
July 1, 2007
I just got back from dinner with my parents at a great French restaurant. We had duck and steak with these delicious mushrooms. I'm definitely going back to this place even though I can't remember the name.
As I'm sure most of you know, I'm no longer in the singles draw - I lost to Marion Bartoli of France. She played really well and I did not - it's that simple. I wasn't moving too well and I wasn't as sharp as I needed to be. My focus now shifts to doubles where Sania Mirza and I are [trying] to play Agnes Szavay and Vladimira Uhlirova. The weather has not been cooperating however.
After Wimbledon, I plan to play Fed Cup in Austria followed by the US hardcourt season. I'll be in San Diego, Los Angeles, Toronto, then New York. I'm really looking forward to improving and making a run at the US Open.
I've been asked quite a bit about going to Doha for the year end championships. Well obviously, I'd need to qualify first, but if I were to qualify, I would have no problem going there and playing. I really don't think it’s much of an issue for me.
Well they're calling me for a game of cards - talk to you soon,
June 28, 2007
I'm back home relaxing after advancing to the third round of Wimbldeon for the first time. Obviously, I'm quite pleased with the way I'm playing - my movement has been quite good, and I'm serving well which is important for my game on grass.
Next up is my good friend and former doubles partner, Marion Bartoli. I have been fortunate enough to beat her in our five head-to-head matches in the past, but they all took place either on clay or hardcourts. She has been playing quite well of late, just getting to the finals in her last tune-up event.
Playing on tour, you're going to have to play your friends from time to time and it's never easy. We both realize we have a job to do, and after the match, we can still go hang out and be friends.
Our match is tomorrow, so I'm just trying to stay loose, playing cards with my family and hanging out with my dad who just got into town today. I'll check back in soon.
June 26, 2007
Well I was first on today and was fortunate to get past a tough grass court player in Tamarine Tanasugarn. I always take my matches one at a time, so I don't even know who I play next yet - I refuse to look past my first round opponent.
Grass really isn't my favorite surface, but Wimbledon is still a Grand Slam, so it remains very important for me to come here and perform well. I've been pleased with my recent results, so I think I come in with some momentum.
Another reason these two weeks are so much fun for me is that my entire family joins me in a rented house we have in Wimbledon Village. My mom and dad and my brother and sister are so supportive of me and it's not often we can all hang out together. Some of the players like to go out and eat at restaurants in the village, but I prefer to order in and make sure I'm getting my rest. I generally like to eat rice and pasta. It doesn't have to be Italian, I can eat Chinese or Japanese noodles as long as I'm getting some carbs.
I'm also playing doubles with Sania Mirza, so wish us luck.
Talk to you soon,