Peer aims for top 10 finish at Wimbledon
By Simon Griver, June 17, 2010
In-form Shahar Peer goes into Wimbledon knowing that a good performance could take her into the world's top 10 for the first time.
Ranked at a career high of 14, Peer had the worst possible preparation for next week's grand slam when she tumbled out in the first round at the ATP AEGON tournament at Eastbourne to China's Zheng Jie (26).
This was Peer's first defeat in the opening round of a competition this year.
Describing grass as her least favourite surface
, the 13th seed believes she can beat her previous best Wimbledon performance two years ago when she reached the fourth round.
"I feel I can beat anyone, including the Williams sisters," said Peer. "There is much more aggression and strength in my game this year, both physical and emotional. I have only just turned 23 so I'm confident that I will reach the top 10."
Eastbourne aside, Peer is having her best-ever season, having reached the semi-finals of Dubai and the Spanish Open but despite her declarations she is eager to avoid the Williams sisters who have beaten her six times this year.
I'm afraid you might have to meet Venus