Meet Shahar Peer, a professional tennis player who is ranked the best in the singles and the doubles format in Israel. See photos, video and a biography of Shahar Peer here.
Shahar is in the news as she has been denied a Visa by the UAE government which would have allowed her entry in the country to compete in the Dubai Tennis Championships. This came a surprise to many and the reason behind it is said to be the nationality of the lady. Apparently, UAE authorities are not comfortable with an Israeli woman competing in their country.
“We are deeply disappointed by the decision of the UAE denying Shahar Peer a Visa that would permit her to enter the country to play in the Dubai Tennis Championships.”
Peer was supposed to play against Anna Chakvetadze in the first round of the $2m tournament. The WTA Tour organizers are now reviewing their options as no player, who is qualified for a tournament, can be denied entry by the host country.
“The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour believes very strongly, and has a clear rule and policy, that no host country should deny a player the right to compete at a tournament for which she has qualified by ranking,” Larry Scott, chairman of the WTA tour, said in a statement. “Peer has earned the right to play in the tournament and it is regrettable that the UAE is denying her this right.”
As a biography, Shahar Peer was born on May 1, 1987, Jerusalem, Israel so her age is 21. She started playing tennis at the age of six and won the Eddie Herr International Doubles title at twelve. She was the youngest woman to win any Israeli women’s championship and is also the 2004 Australian Open juniors title holder.
Peer turned professional in 2004. She won her first WTA title during the 2006 Pattaya Open and then later on won two more titles in the same year in Prague, and Istanbul. Her strong footwork and baseline play has been a problem for a number of players. She has been very consistent in beating the top 20 players in the world including Elena Dementieva, Anastasia Myskina and Ana Ivanovic.
In the Grand Slams, her best performances have been reaching the quarter-finals of the 2007 Australian Open and US Open. She has been a good doubles player as well, winning as many as two WTA titles with Anna-Lena Grönefeld and Sania Mirza as the partners. Shahar reached her highest ranking of World No.15 in January 2007.
Her career record stands at 218–108 and she has won four ITF tournaments.