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Meteor Shower
Mar 20th, 2007, 07:07 AM
I suck at making funny titles.
but I'm sure this will at least draw some attention, just like Shahar I hope ;)

(3)Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v BYE
Aiko Nakamura (JPN) v Q

Jelena Kostanic Tosic (CRO) v Q
(28)Alona Bondarenko (UKR) v BYE

(19)Francesca Schiavone (ITA) v BYE
Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) v Q

Catalina Castano (COL) v Q
(14)Shahar Peer (ISR) v BYE

(12)Ana Ivanovic (SRB) v BYE
(wc)Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) v Q

Ashley Harkleroad (USA) v (wc)Lauren Albanese (USA)
(24)Tathiana Garbin (ITA) v BYE

(27)Jie Zheng (CHN) v BYE
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) v Shenay Perry (USA)

Gisela Dulko (ARG) v Q
(5)Martina Hingis (SUI) v BYE

Overall a very nice draw. Shahar is capable of beating the players here but she will need to be at her very best! :D
Go Shahar.. tough first round against Bye :scared:

shirgan
Mar 20th, 2007, 11:52 AM
Go Shahar.. tough first round against Bye :scared:

:lol:
lol @ the title as well :yeah:


good luck!!

ronim1
Mar 20th, 2007, 02:57 PM
I suck at making funny titles.
but I'm sure this will at least draw some attention, just like Shahar I hope ;)

(3)Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v BYE
Aiko Nakamura (JPN) v Q

Jelena Kostanic Tosic (CRO) v Q
(28)Alona Bondarenko (UKR) v BYE

(19)Francesca Schiavone (ITA) v BYE
Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) v Q

Catalina Castano (COL) v Q
(14)Shahar Peer (ISR) v BYE

(12)Ana Ivanovic (SRB) v BYE
(wc)Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) v Q

Ashley Harkleroad (USA) v (wc)Lauren Albanese (USA)
(24)Tathiana Garbin (ITA) v BYE

(27)Jie Zheng (CHN) v BYE
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) v Shenay Perry (USA)

Gisela Dulko (ARG) v Q
(5)Martina Hingis (SUI) v BYE

Overall a very nice draw. Shahar is capable of beating the players here but she will need to be at her very best! :D
Go Shahar.. tough first round against Bye :scared:

I hope I'm wrong, but I don't see SHAHAR PEER winning twice in a row against SCHIAVONE in the 3rd and KUZNETSOVA in the 4th.:awww:

Mr.Kardashian
Mar 24th, 2007, 09:43 AM
good luck to shahar... i think she can make it to the 4th round against kuznetsova.. i hope so anyway

shirgan
Mar 25th, 2007, 06:16 AM
(14) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Catalina Castaño (COL) 62 61 :)

next up she will play (Q) Julia Vakulenko (UKR) who defeated Schiavone 36 76(0) 64

shirgan
Mar 25th, 2007, 06:41 AM
Tomorrow she will also play in doubles 1st round with Vania King against Ashley Harkleroad/Bethanie Mattek (USA)


and by the way, if she wins either the doubles or the singles match (I hope she wins both ;) ),
she will cross the $1 million mark in career prize money.

Makkabi
Mar 25th, 2007, 07:29 PM
well done Shahar, she win against Julia V from Ukraine

Now shes in 4th round :)

Meteor Shower
Mar 25th, 2007, 08:57 PM
Good luck against Kuznetsova. :D

Meteor Shower
Mar 26th, 2007, 10:58 PM
Shahar won in tight three set!
got back from 0-3 in the third!
post photos and articles here :D

shirgan
Mar 27th, 2007, 06:51 AM
In doubles 2nd round:

(3) Yan/Zheng (CHN/CHN) d. King/Peer (USA/ISR) 60 75

shirgan
Mar 27th, 2007, 06:58 AM
No quotes on her match in the official reports :(

Meteor Shower
Mar 27th, 2007, 07:01 AM
Posted in Tapuz forums.

match - "it was a match in a very hight level, i played very good and so did she. in 4-2 in the 2nd set she raised her game and took 3 games in a row, but even though she was up 3-0 i felt im playing good and have a chance. slowly i came back and took my games and played very good"

crowd - "it was packed most where rooting for me a lot of screams and cheerings. they where amazing- avira keyfit vetova' odedo beterof"

1/4 - "its all open she is a good player that has a very good start for the year; ill come and give my best and hope 2 continue winning"

shirgan
Mar 27th, 2007, 07:06 AM
Statistics for the match - not bad I think

http://www.sonyericssonopen.com/stats/WS403.html

Match Summary S. Kuznetsova S. Peer
1st Serve % 70% 63%
Aces 1 2
Double Faults 1 4
Winning % - 1st Serve Pts. 43 of 79 = 54% 32 of 51 = 63%
Winning % - 2nd Serve Pts. 15 of 34 = 44% 15 of 30 = 50%
Winners (including service) 27 32
Unforced Errors 45 43
Break Point Conversions 5 of 6 = 83% 7 of 14 = 50%
Net Approaches 10 of 17 = 59% 17 of 19 = 89%
Total Points Won 92 102

shirgan
Mar 27th, 2007, 07:38 AM
Posted in Tapuz forums.

match - "it was a match in a very hight level, i played very good and so did she. in 4-2 in the 2nd set she raised her game and took 3 games in a row, but even though she was up 3-0 i felt im playing good and have a chance. slowly i came back and took my games and played very good"

crowd - "it was packed most where rooting for me a lot of screams and cheerings. they where amazing- avira keyfit vetova' odedo beterof"

1/4 - "its all open she is a good player that has a very good start for the year; ill come and give my best and hope 2 continue winning"
thanks :yeah:

Neptune
Mar 27th, 2007, 12:15 PM
She made it.I'm very happy about her performence.:worship: .

jarkko
Mar 27th, 2007, 02:53 PM
yes, Shahar plays very good since last year, I`m happy to see her in really good form ;) she`s very nice person and great player, wish her all the best :)

shirgan
Mar 28th, 2007, 06:52 AM
Pics of Shahar from Miami taken by Sonja

http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=10387870&postcount=77

shirgan
Mar 29th, 2007, 06:16 AM
Shahar is into the Semis :)

(14) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. (24) Tathiana Garbin (ITA) 60 63

Next up she plays Serena
Hope it's a quality match :yeah:

shirgan
Mar 29th, 2007, 09:35 AM
Some quotes:

http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1236

Peer played her quarterfinal earlier on Wednesday, routing No.24-seeded Italian veteran Tathiana Garbin, 60 63. The Israeli was in total control of the rallies against Garbin, pressing with penetrating groundstrokes and hard serves, ending each set with powerful forehand winners. She is now into her first Tier I semi.

"It's my first time getting to the semifinals of a Tier I or big tournament - I have been waiting for this for a long time," Peer said. "I was expecting a much tougher match because Tathiana is a good player, and very tough. But every time I got to the quarterfinals I was losing, so maybe it was my turn to win."

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/sfl-sonywomen29mar29,0,3097550.story?coll=sfla-sports-front

KEY BISCAYNE – Cpl. Shahar Peer was back on the stadium court Wednesday, where South Florida tennis fans fell in love with her two years ago in a frenetic, never-say-quit loss to Serena Williams.

She smiled at the memory of that match, with its breathtaking rallies -- a smile almost as wide as her grin after defeating Italy's Tathiana Garbin an hour earlier to reach the semifinals of the Sony Ericsson Open.

"I remember the last time it was much cooler than today, but I always like big matches and big crowds and this is the style of my game. I'm like this every match, trying to put every ball back," said Israel's best-known soldier-athlete.

"I'm trying to be more aggressive to improve my serve, so I can use my slice and come into the net," she said.

http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/story/6607200

Peer is 0-2 against Williams, but was two points from victory when they met in Melbourne.

"What a match I had down there with her," Williams said. "She has made a lot of great progress."

shirgan
Mar 29th, 2007, 09:49 AM
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/843371.html

"I'm really happy to be in the semifinals of a top-tier tournament for the first time," said 19-year-old Peer. "I expected a much tougher match, but she [Garbin] didn't play well, while I did the right things. Anyway, it was about time that I won a quarterfinal match. I played well, but toward the end I was a bit nervous, but I'm glad that I won."

shirgan
Mar 29th, 2007, 09:51 AM
and an entire piece on the miami herald:

http://www.miamiherald.com/673/story/56479.html

With wins come Peer pressure
Shahar Peer, whose popularity has skyrocketed in her native Israel, is ready for a rematch with Serena Williams, who beat her in the Australian Open in January.
BY SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

Shahar Peer is getting so popular in Israel that her cellphone could ring any minute with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on the other end congratulating her on Wednesday's Sony Ericsson quarterfinal win and wishing her luck in tonight's semifinal against Serena Williams.

After Peer reached the fourth round of the U.S. Open last year, Olmert called her. And after she came two points away from defeating Williams in the quarterfinal of the Australian Open in January, Peer was on the front pages of Israeli newspapers ''overshadowing Olmert and the incoming army chief of staff,'' according to an Associated Press story.

''We don't speak that often, you know,'' said Peer, 19, an Israeli army corporal who has become the most popular female athlete in Israel. ``He's still the prime minister.''

The 16th-ranked Peer easily defeated 25th-ranked Tathiana Garbin of Italy, 6-0, 6-3 on Wednesday as several fans waved blue-and-white Israeli flags on Stadium Court. The curly-haired teenager has been getting plenty of attention in her homeland since her steady rise in the rankings and strong showing in 2007.

''I wasn't really ready for everything,'' said Peer of the attention she got in Israel after Australia. ``Everybody knows me. There is no one person that you cannot say in Israel my name and doesn't know who I am . . . so I don't have too much time for myself when I'm home. When I was there I couldn't really concentrate on tennis. . . . I just have to learn how to handle it.''

Peer, born in Jerusalem, lives in Macabim, a town between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Like other professional Israeli athletes, she is allowed to serve her two-year Army stint in segments when she's home. This week, after coming back from a 3-0 deficit in the third set to defeat world No. 3 Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, the Israeli media again gave her top billing.

''It was the first notice on the radio news in a country where every day they open the news with political and security issues,'' said Michael Sagui, who follows Peer and writes for Ynet, the website for the Tel Aviv newspaper Yedioth Ahronot. ``Her match was shown live on television, but there was a soccer match, too. If there would be no soccer match, she would be the whole front page.''

Peer surpassed $1 million in career prize money with her $134,400 earned this week, though she said she is still too young to worry about money. She began playing tennis at age 6 through the urging of her father, Dovik, a computer software specialist who usually travels with her. A three-time WTA Tour singles titlist at Pattaya City (Thailand), Prague and Istanbul -- all in 2006 -- she has had an exceptional year. She is 20-6, having lost in the final at Memphis and in a semifinal at Gold Coast, Australia.

Peer, known as a scrappy fighter who thrives on the comeback, has lost to the eventual winner of each tournament she has played this year except for Tokyo. She visits her new coach, Jose Higueras, every couple of months in Palm Springs, Calif.

''I'm trying to be more aggressive, to improve my serve so I can use my slice and come into the net,'' said Peer, whose second serve is a weakness. ``It takes time.''

Two years ago, ranked No. 135, Peer kept Serena Williams on the court for an hour and a half on Key Biscayne -- her first main draw -- before Williams prevailed 6-3, 6-3.

''I thought she was real gutsy,'' Williams said that day. ``She got a lot of balls back.''

Peer avoided the subject of whom she would have rather played today, Williams or No. 8 Nicole Vaidisova.

''I mean, both of them are very good players,'' she said.

Williams was barely more specific Wednesday night.

''We both have gotten this far,'' she said of herself and Peer. ``We're going to try to take it one more step.''

shirgan
Mar 29th, 2007, 06:52 PM
full transcript of post match interview:

http://www.tennisnews.com/exclusive.php?pID=18858

neospecialist
Mar 29th, 2007, 09:04 PM
Recent Shahar Interview-March 28, 2007

Q. Congratulations. How happy are you, and can you talk about your match?
SHAHAR PEER: I think I'm really happy, actually. I just talked to my mom, and I'm kind of getting pissed over every -- stupid things now. I don't know why. Maybe it's the first time getting to the semifinal, in tier one or a big tournament. And I was waiting for it long time.
So I just have to enjoy it. I'm really happy. I mean, I was expecting for a tougher match because Tatiana, she's a good player. She's very tough. But you know, maybe every time I go to the quarterfinal and I was losing, so maybe it was my turn to win.
I think I was playing smart. I was playing very solid, did what I had to do. In the end I was getting a little bit tight. I couldn't put two balls in the court and I was pushing. But it happens to everybody. I'm just happy from the way I was playing today.

Q. You've kept improving all along. What have you done to improve your game in this season?
SHAHAR PEER: In March I met Jose Garros, and in August, I changed my coaches, a little before already, but I decided with Odette and Molly, my fitness coach and tennis coach. Maybe all the team together brought me to being better.
I'm trying to be more aggressive to improve my serve so I can use my slice and come into the net, which is pretty hard, it takes time. But to try to use more things in my game, and that's what I'm trying to improve.

Q. So you've been out in Palm Springs though?
SHAHAR PEER: Yeah, I've been there for a month with Odette and Molly in the preparation in December and I was there after Memphis for two weeks and the tournament. I was there before US Open and after US Open, and I'll be there probably during the next few weeks. I don't know how many. It depends, because we have also Fed Cup here in Canada. So I still have a little bit of time in the U.S.

Q. Jose was such a great clay court player.
SHAHAR PEER: I don't know yet. I talked to him about the schedule, but he's happy, and he's helping me out, and he's helping Odette, also, because Odette is not very experienced when he decide to work with me. But he's doing a very good job, and he learned a lot, and I think we're doing a good job together.
I know he was a good clay court player, also hard court. But he was specialist on clay. And I hope it will give me some good teaching for the next season.

Q. You meet the winner of Serena and Vaidisova. Can you talk about each of them and how would you like to meet Serena again?
SHAHAR PEER: I mean, both of them are very good players. Serena is playing very well, and Nicole is playing really good the last two years. She's been improving so much. She's so young. I've known her from -- since I was 11 we were playing doubles, and we won the title under 12.
But sure they will have a tough match today, and whoever will win I will get ready for tomorrow.

Q. What has life been like for you since the Australian Open in Israel?
SHAHAR PEER: In Israel?

Q. Yes, what's it been like?
SHAHAR PEER: I was there after -- Tokyo after the tournament in Australia, and it was not very easy. I wasn't really ready for everything. It was a pretty big thing after the tournament in Australia.
But I think next time I will come back, I will get used to it and I will know how to handle it. They support me and they are very nice to me, but I need to be ready how to react to the people.
It's not that easy, and I have to enjoy it.

Q. What do you mean? Can you be more specific?
SHAHAR PEER: Actually, everybody knows me. There is no one person that you know you cannot say in Israel my name and doesn't know who I am. So you know, I'm more popular there. Wherever I go they know me, so I don't have too much time for myself when I'm home.
Wherever I go with my friends, my family, so maybe to stay more home, to stay more in one place and concentrate more on tennis, because when I was there, I couldn't really concentrate on tennis. Every second I had something, after practice, before practice, during the day. So with the media and everything, which like I said, I enjoy it. But I just have to learn how to handle it.

Q. Americans like to have autographs. Do Israelis like to have autographs, too?
SHAHAR PEER: Not really. They like to say what they think, but not really autographs.

Q. So if you go to a nightclub or a club in Israel?
SHAHAR PEER: No.

Q. They won't ask?
SHAHAR PEER: No, they will stare at me, talk to me, shake my hand or something. Usually if it's my age or a little older than me, they will scream something to me but won't ask for an autograph or picture or anything.

Q. No proposals of marriage?
SHAHAR PEER: No.

Q. Prime Minister Ohmert, when was the last time you talked to him and how often do you talk, and when was the first time he ever contacted you?
SHAHAR PEER: We don't speak that often, you know. He's still the prime minister. It's not every week, but the first time he called me it was after the French Open, when I lost to Hingis, and the other time was after the loss to Serena. I just met him because of the Olympic Committee in Israel, they had the meeting with him, so I met him there. He's a very big fan of sport, you know. It's not only tennis or only me, he likes sport in everything.

Q. Wherever you go, I know when you were in Miami, the Israeli Consulate had a reception for you. Is that often the case, especially when you are in New York or Los Angeles and there are large Jewish populations, that you get honored by the community?
SHAHAR PEER: Actually, no. It was first time that I got this reception. I don't know how you call it in English, which was very nice, I tell you that.

Q. How about in Miami? What's it like here for you? There's a pretty big Jewish population. Have you found people have been supporting you? I saw some Israeli flags.
SHAHAR PEER: Yeah, on the big court you don't really feel it. But I did hear the guys who were sitting up there, but they came also the last match against Kuznetsova, and after I played really late at night in doubles. And when I played Kuznetsova, it was a small court, smaller than the stadium. Almost all the people were for me, and it was a good atmosphere. So I really like when they support me and everybody's coming for me.

Q. Were they yelling anything in Hebrew or singing anything?
SHAHAR PEER: The guys?

Q. The fans. I don't know, I heard people.
SHAHAR PEER: Just my name.

Q. Where are your grandparents from?
SHAHAR PEER: My grandparents, the father of my dad is from South Africa. His mom is from Israel. The father of my mom is from Czechoslovakia, and also the mother of my mom.

Q. Very multi-national?
SHAHAR PEER: Yeah.

Q. Were they concentration camp survivors, your grandparents?
SHAHAR PEER: The what?

Q. I thought I read that.
SHAHAR PEER: Yeah, the side of my mom.

Q. Next week, how do you celebrate Passover?
SHAHAR PEER: I don't know yet. That's a good question. I don't know yet. I have to think about it. I have next week tournament, so I will see how it is going.

Q. With this tournament, I think you go over the $1 million mark. Is that kind of nice? Do you think of money at all for your career?
SHAHAR PEER: Yeah, I heard it already a few days ago from the media in Israel, but like I always said, I never think about money. I'm still young, and you know, the million dollars, it's just how much I make, it's not really how much I have in my bank. So it doesn't really matter. If I would start thinking about money, it would be pretty hard for my career.

Q. I wanted to ask you also about the Dubai tournament. I know that's one of the tournaments I guess in this new format that you have to play in, or supposedly. Is that something that you would go to or that you would skip?
SHAHAR PEER: Because I am in the Army, I cannot really go to Dubai and Doha, as a soldier in the Army. So I cannot answer this for right now.

Meteor Shower
Mar 30th, 2007, 08:51 AM
Shahar lost 6-7 1-6.
Congrats on a great turnament. :bigclap:

Meteor Shower
Mar 30th, 2007, 06:18 PM
I should rename it to OMG its not AI!!I!1II!1I!
Shahar withdrew. :( good decision. :yeah: