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(photo credit: Associated Press)
Shahar Pe’er will begin her participation in the Dubai Championships on Tuesday
morning when she faces Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain in the first
The 23-year-old Israeli, who remained at No. 11 in the world
rankings on Monday, has recorded mediocre results so far this season, but will
draw confidence from reaching the semifinals in Dubai last year and will be
optimistic of getting the better of the tricky Martinez Sanchez (28).
years ago, Pe’er missed out on the tournament in Dubai after being denied a visa
to the Emirates. However, after being restricted to the outside courts in last
year’s event, it seems that the organizers have finally come to terms with the
Israeli’s presence, placing her on Court 1 for Tuesday’s match.
Monica Niculescu advanced to the second round of the doubles tournament on
Monday, defeating Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears 6-1, 6-4.
Glushko came tantalizingly close to qualifying for her first WTA main draw on
Monday, losing 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6- 3 to Bianca Botto in the third round of the
qualifiers in Bogota, Colombia.
Nevertheless, Glushko, who climbed two
places to No.
203 in the world on Monday, is expected to break into the
WTA’s top-200 for the first time in her career next week.
Dudi Sela faced
Lukas Lacko of Slovakia in the first round of the RMK Championships in Memphis
early Tuesday morning.
Meanwhile, Caroline Wozniacki can reclaim the No.
1 ranking from Kim Clijsters by reaching the semifinals at the Dubai
Clijsters, who won the Australian Open last month, moved
past Wozniacki in the rankings released Monday.
But she is skipping this
week’s tournament, giving the 20-year-old Dane a chance to bridge the 180-point
gap and overtake her again.
Wozniacki, however, said Monday she never
pays attention to the rankings and felt no difference whether she is No. 1 or
“I have no idea. I don’t look at rankings,” Wozniacki
“I do my best. If I’m No. 1, that’s great. If I’m No. 2, it’s still
Wozniacki took over the top spot in October from Serena Williams,
who has been out of action since injuring her foot and has seen her ranking fall
to No. 12. But the Dane has taken flack because has never won a Grand Slam
At the Australian Open, she lost to Li Na in the
Ahead of her opening match Wednesday, Wozniacki appeared
bored with questions about the top ranking and the quality of the Dubai field,
which doesn’t include Clijsters nor the Williams sisters, who are both out
The rest of the top eight players in the world are at the
“Maybe at least I won’t get this question over and
over again, ‘How does it feel to be No. 1 without winning a Grand Slam?’” she
said. “At least I get over that. I don’t feel differently. The sun is shining.
I’m still playing the same away. I’m still here to compete in the tournament and
trying to win it.”