Tennis: Tzipi Obziler, Shahar Pe'er lose out in finals

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October 1, 2007 04:36

"I had a very good week; it's disappointing to lose, but maybe next time I can manage it better," says Obziler.

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Tennis: Tzipi Obziler, Shahar Pe'er lose out in finals

Tzipi Obziler 298.88. (photo credit: Courtesy Photo)

Tzipi Obziler is still searching for her first WTA tour title after losing on Sunday to Virginie Razzano 6-0, 6-3 in the final $175,000 Guangzhou Women's Open in China. The 34-year-old Israeli, who was playing in her first tour final, was on the back foot right from the start and never found her rhythm against the Frenchwoman (39). "I had a very good week; it's disappointing to lose, but maybe next time I can manage it better," said Obziler, who received treatment for a thigh injury five games into the match. Obziler, who is ranked No. 105 in the world, will re-enter the world's top 100 when the new rankings are released on Monday morning thanks to her performance in China. Also Sunday, Shahar Pe'er and doubles partner Victoria Azarenka lost 6-4, 6-2 to Iveta Benesova and Janette Husarova in the final of the Fortis Championships in Luxemburg. The Israeli/Belarusian team squandered its first break point of the match in the fifth game of the first set and Benesova and Husarova would claim a break in the eight game to take an 5-3 lead. Pe'er and Azarenka broke back in the subsequent game, but lost their serve for a second consecutive time in the 10th game, gifting Benesova and Husarova the first set. A break in the fourth and seventh games of the second set for Benesova and Husarova determined the fate of the match and effectively clinched the victory for the duo. Pe'er (16), who was seeking her second doubles title of 2007 and fourth of her career, will play in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart this week. The 20-year-old Israeli will face Italian Francesca Schiavone (25) in the first round of the singles event.


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