Shahar Pe’er continued her build-up for 2013 with a pleasant morning workout at
the Israel national championships in Ramat Hasharon on Tuesday, winning her
second match of the day to advance to the semifinals a mere three hours and 37
minutes after starting her first.
Pe’er, currently ranked at No. 74 in
the world, began her match against Valeria Nikolaev at 10:09 a.m., completing a
6-3, 6-0 win after one hour and two minutes before coming back to court for her
second match of the day less than two hours later.
The Israel No. 1, who
is looking to regain the national title after being stunned by Julia Glushko in
last year’s final, took just 47 minutes to thrash Lee Or 6-1, 6-0 in the
quarters, clinching the win at 13:46 p.m. before taking a run later in the
afternoon to cap a day of training.
“The first match was good because it
helped me find my rhythm and I hope to continue and improve from here,” Pe’er
said. “I went through a bad patch in the last year-and- a-half and I’m trying to
break out of it. I feel better with myself now. Things are changing, but it will
take time. “I need to be very patient and I’m very excited ahead of the
Pe’er will face Deniz Khazaniuk (555) in the semis on
Wednesday after the latter beat Avital Vaysbuch 6-1,
Defending-champion Glushko (176) advanced to the semis on Tuesday
with a 6- 4, 6-2 win over Saray Sterenbach and will next play Keren Shlomo
(471), who crushed Valeria Patiuk 6-1, 6-0.
Dudi Sela and Amir Weintraub
remained on course for a fourth consecutive meeting in the final on
Sela (109) beat Eyal Cohen 6-0, 6-1 to set up a clash in
Wednesday’s quarterfinals against 17-year-old Or Ram- Harel, who defeated Ben
Fatael 0-6, 6-4, 7-5.
Weintraub will come up against Igor Smilansky in
the last eight after defeating Noam Mazor 6-0, 6-0 in just 38
“It felt good playing again after a month-and-a-half ,” Sela
said. “I’ve changed my type of racket for the first time after 17 years. It
should give me a lot more power, but I need to get used to it as quickly as
possible. It is always fun to play in the Israel championships. I wait for this
The men’s and women’s finals are scheduled for Friday,
although the Israel Tennis Association looks set to bring them forward to
Thursday due to the stormy weather expected over the weekend.