Tennis: Sela advances to quarters in Tokyo

Pe'er loses to Jankovic in Stuttgart.

October 5, 2007 06:46
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Tennis: Sela advances to quarters in Tokyo

Dudi Sela 298.88. (photo credit: AP)

Dudi Sela will enter the world's top 100 for the first time in his career next week after advancing on Thursday to the quarterfinals of the AIG Open in Tokyo. The 22-year-old Israeli, who is currently ranked No. 109 in the world, will next face world No. 13 Richard Gasquet after his opponent in the last 16 Boris Pashanski (90) retired due to illness with Sela leading 6-2, 4-0. The third-seeded Gasquet, who collected his fifth career title in Mumbai last week, dropped just nine points on serve to record his 42nd victory of 2007 on Thursday, defeating German Rainer Schuettler 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and five minutes. Sela, who was ranked No. 196 less then four months ago, was on court for just 41 minutes and will be well rested for his match against Gasquet. On Wednesday, Sela had advanced to the last 16 in Tokyo after Juan Martin Del Potro (51) retired with the Israeli leading 2-6, 7-5, 5-3. The 19-year-old Del Potro got off to a flying start, breaking Sela twice and opening a 4-0 lead. He quickly wrapped-up the first set, but Sela recorded his first break of the match in the 12th game of the second set and tied the match. A break for Sela in the eighth game of the third set broke the Argentinian's spirit and the Israeli never got a chance to serve out the match after Del Potro chose to retire. Shahar Pe'er (16) claimed the first set against world No. 3 Jelena Jankovic in the second round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart on Thursday evening, but failed to maintain her momentum and was knocked out after losing the next two sets. The Israeli opened a 3-1 lead thanks to her first break of the match in the fourth game and despite dropping her serve in the subsequent game, broke once more in the sixth game and went on to clinch the first set. Pe'er held serve in the first game of the second set, but nine straight games for the Serbian turned the match on its head. Jankovic broke Pe'er early on in both the second and third sets and held her serve throughout the last two sets to complete the victory.

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