Dudi Sela 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Shahar Pe’er is set to drop out of the world’s top-50 for the first time since
September 2009 after falling to a 4-6, 6- 3, 7-5 defeat to Ukraine’s Lesia
Tsurenko (115) in the first round in Indian Wells on Thursday
Pe’er (40) will lose the valuable ranking points she picked by
reaching the quarterfinals in Indian Wells last year after dropping a lead of a
set and a break against Tsurenko.
Dudi Sela faced world No. 13
Gilles Simon in the second round of the men’s event in Indian Wells in a match
which ended after press time on Saturday night.
Sela, who climbed 12
places to No. 63 in the world last week following his progress to the semifinals
in Delray Beach, defeated Bosnian Amer Delic 2-6, 6-0, 6-2 in the first
Meanwhile, former champion Jelena Jankovic became the first seeded
player to tumble out of the WTA tournament in California, losing 6-4, 6-3 to
American wild card Jamie Hampton in the second round on Friday.
12th, the jet-lagged Serb who had reached the semifinals in her last two
tournaments struggled to find a rhythm as she was broken three times in the
opening set and twice in the second.
World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka had to
work hard to extend her unbeaten record to 18-0 this year, beating Germany’s
Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-7, 7-6.