Tennis / Tired Peer Runs Out of Magic

Shahar Peer's dramatic three-set upset victory on Tuesday over Italian star and world number five Francesca Schiavone took its toll on the Ramat Hasharon native yesterday.

Peer fell in the quarterfinals of the Indian Wells tournament in California yesterday to Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. It took the 25th ranked player in the world less than an hour to dispose of 12th-ranked Peer.

Wickmayer was dominant in avenging a loss to Peer in last month's Dubai Open, aggressively charging the net and taking advantage of every opportunity that came her way.

Israel's top women's player will have to wait a few more days before knowing whether she managed to climb into the top 10 of the Women's Tennis Association rankings.

Two competitors who stand in her way are Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli, who defeated Ana Ivanovic in the quarterfinals 6-4, 7-5, and Russia's Maria Sharapova. If either of the two reaches the final, Peer will once again likely be left out of the top 10.