Israeli tennis star Shahar Peer made a major comeback Saturday, beating Chinese local favorite Saisai Zheng 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 to win the Caoxijiu Suzhou Ladies Open in China. The tournament victory put Peer, seeded #3, back on the winning track after a four-year slump.
The tennis star posted this status on her Facebook page following the victory: “I would like to thank everyone for their support, it’s exciting. I am so happy to win my sixth title after almost 4 years. It was a really hard game… It was without a doubt one of the most difficult tournaments in my career, mentally and physically, but it was worth it. I am very happy! Shabbat shalom.”
In late July, Peer lost in the finals of the Baku Cup, after making her first finals appearance since 2011. Peer’s victory in Suzhou was her sixth title on the Women’s Tennis Association tour. The victory netted Peer $125,000, upping her career prize money to nearly $5 million.
Peer, who held the highest ranking of any Israeli ever when she reached #11 in the world rankings in 2011, had fallen all the way down to #113. Rising star Julia Glushko, her fellow Israeli, is ranked a few spots higher at #105.