Shahar Peer, at one time Israel’s highest-ever ranked singles tennis player, fell out of the world’s top 100 Monday for the first time in nearly eight years.
The rankings released by the Women’s Tennis Association on Monday placed Peer at No. 114 in the world, a whopping 23 slots lower than her previous ranking. Her nadir also marks the first time since 1998 that Israel does not have a player in the men’s or women’s top 100.
So far in 2013, Peer has lost four matches while winning only one — the opening round of the Australian Open.
In January 2011, she peaked with a career-best world ranking of 11 — the highest ranking ever achieved by an Israeli singles tennis player, female or male.
In 2012, injuries kept Peer out of competition after her first-round exit from the US Open on August 27 through the end of the year.
The last time she reached an an advanced round was as a semifinalist at the Hobart International tournament in early January 2012.
Nevertheless, a new streak may be in the offing, as Israel’s top male player, Dudi Sela, climbed three spots to No. 103 in the world in the latest rankings. Amir Weintraub remained at No.177 in the men’s rankings. Julia Glushko rose slightly in the women’s ranks to No. 178.
Peer has an opportunity to fight her way back into the top 100, when she competes this week in the US National Indoor Tennis Championships in Memphis TN. Her first-round opponent will the tournament’s top seed, Belgian Kirsten Flipkens, who is currently ranked No. 34 in the world.