Peer crashes out in round one of Wimbledon

Peer crashes out in round one of Wimbledon

Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich advance to doubles second round winning 5-set thriller over 3 days

Shahar Peer playing in 2011. (CC BY-SA Keith Allison/Flickr)
Shahar Peer playing in 2011. (CC BY-SA Keith Allison/Flickr)

Israel’s Shahar Peer crashed out in the first round of Wimbledon Wednesday, losing 6:2, 6:2 to Julia Goerges of Germany in a match lasting 55 minutes over two days.

The match began on Tuesday, when it was interrupted due to rain; Peer, unseeded, was already a set down. She could not use the enforced break to regroup, resulting in a defeat by the German 22nd seed.

The result brings the head-to-head record between the two players to 3-0 in favor of the German.

However not all is lost for Israelis at Wimbledon as the doubles duo of Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich advanced to the second round, defeating Treat Conrad Huey and Dominic Inglot.

Ram and Erlich were trailing 4-6, 6-3, 2-6 on Monday night when darkness caused play to be suspended; it was not resumed Tuesday due to the rain. Wednesday saw them turn their fortunes, on the way to a dramatic victory in the tiebreaker in the fifth set. The final score was 4:6, 6:3, 2:6, 7:6, 9:7.

The victory came a day after Ram and Erlich received the news of the International Tennis Federation’s approval for them to compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games. The duo joined the team of 36 athletes, 18 men and 18 women, who will be representing Israel at the Olympics this summer.

Later Wednesday another Israeli tennis player saw his Wimbledon bid frustrated in the first round. Top-ranked Israeli tennis pro Dudi Sela lost to Ivo Karlović in straight sets. The final score was 6:4, 6:4, 7:6.

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