Re: Shahar's 2008 thread!
Interesting article in Jerusalem Post
Shahar Pe'er said on Monday that she's no longer content with her current world ranking and that she intends to continue her meteoric rise in 2008.
"In the upcoming season I must improve. Maintaining my current ranking can no longer be regarded as a success," Pe'er said in a press conference in Tel Aviv.
The 20-year-old Israeli will end 2007 ranked No. 17 in the world, three places higher than she finished 2006.
"I'm prepared for 2008 and I'm feeling strong, both mentally and physically. I don't know what results I will record, but I have two new coaches and that will be significant. I want to do well in the big tournaments and also record good results on a consistent basis," she said.
Pe'er returned to Israel on Sunday after spending the last five weeks training with her new Spanish coaches Gabriel Urpi and former world No. 2 Conchita Martinez.
"I've been through five intensive weeks with Urpi and Martinez and I'm exhausted," she said. "It's difficult to say how they will improve my game, but they have both given me a lot. On the mental side, they taught me to take things easy and I'm also feeling much better on court.
"Martinez is a very special woman and I love working with her. She and Urpi think exactly