Shahar Peer waiting for a better 2009 season

Shahar PeerDisappointed with the 2008 tennis season, Israel’s Shahar Peer is training with her new coach Pablo Giacopelli, hoping for better results in 2009.

"If I am not mistaken, this is the first year in my life from the perspective of tennis (and ranking) that I did not advance and I even went backwards, even though I do not have a doubt that it will only motivate me," said the 21-year-old Peer in her blog.

She spent one month training in South Africa, and is now back in her home country where she is participating in the Israel Championship.

"I don't feel that number 38 in the world is my true position. I won't remain there for long. I feel that I'm playing much better than that," said the Israeli world No.1.

"I don't think I want to erase and forget all about 2008. You can't always be on top and win every match. I think there's much to learn from this year. I matured in 2008 and learned a lot about myself. I learned how to deal with difficulties and how to recover from them."

Peer had been in Top 20 every week between first cracking it on November 13, 2006 until after this year’s Roland Garros. (source: The Jerusalem Post, photo: AnalogKid203)

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