Quotable Quotes... Shahar In College Park

Israeli trailblazer Shahar Peer shares her thoughts on the brand new tournament in College Park.

Published July 25, 2011 12:00

Quotable Quotes... Shahar In College Park
Shahar Peer

COLLEGE PARK, MD, USA - Although she is currently ranked just outside the Top 20, just a few months ago Shahar Peer was No.11 in the world, and within one match win of becoming Israel's first Top 10 player. The 24-year-old is hoping to begin her climb back this week at the Citi Open, where she is the No.1 seed.

Peer spoke to Comcast Sportsnet before the tournament and answered a few questions about the week. Here's a taste of what she said...

On the advantages of playing a brand new tournament...
"The advantage is you may be the first one to win this tournament!"

On the disadvantages of playing a brand new tournament...
"There aren't any, really. The only thing you hope for is the tournament is organized well. It can be difficult for people running a new tournament to get everything ready for the first few days. Also, because the tournament is new, not everybody will know about it and the crowds may not always be as big - but hopefully they will come and watch here. There are a lot of good players here!"

On who she is most worried about in the draw...
"There are so many good players here, I can't point to one of them. I know all of them and they're all really good. I just have to focus on my first round right now."

On how she feels about her game right now...
"I haven't won too many matches lately, so I'm very excited to start doing that this week. I'm playing well and really looking forward to the summer season."

Peer is the highest-ranked Israeli player ever, bettering the previous record-holder, former No.15 Anna Smashnova, by going as high as No.11 earlier this year (she would have cracked the Top 10 if she beat Julia Goerges in the third round of Charleston in April). She is a five-time WTA champion and has two Grand Slam quarterfinals to her credit, the Australian and US Opens in 2007. She was born in Jerusalem but now lives in Macabim.

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