Re: Deniz Khazaniuk
Interesting confrontation between Peer and Khazaniuk at the Israeli Tennis Championship as reported in Haaretz today:
Shahar Peer refused to shake the hand of her opponent, Deniz Khazaniuk, after defeating her rival 6-0, 6-1 at the women's singles semifinals of the Israel Open in Ramat Hasharon.
"You're an embarrassment to the State of Israel," Peer told the 17-year-old. According to several reports, Peer also made a sign to Khazaniuk to be quiet.
The two have been at odds since Khazaniuk granted an interview to Maariv newspaper earlier this year, in which she levied harsh criticism against Peer and the rest of her teammates on the Fed Cup national squad.
"She's one big fake," Israel's fourth-highest rated women's tennis player said at the time about the country's biggest tennis star. Khazaniuk rated Peer low on a personal level and said she was just like fellow team member Julia Glushko.
"They only belittled me and criticized me all the time," she said. "They humiliated me. That is not the way a national team should be handled. It's the way you do things in the neighborhood," added Khazaniuk in the wake of Israel's Fed Cup loss to Portugal.
Peer had not responded publicly to Khazaniuk until yesterday. "I expected this, and I'm not angry," said Khazaniuk.