Julia Glushko 311.
(photo credit: (Israel Tennis Association))
Israel’s top tennis players made light work of their opponents on Tuesday as
they cruised into the quarterfinals of the national championships in
Dudi Sela had the most trouble, but even he only lost five
games in a 6-4, 6-1 win over 16-year-old Alon Aliya.
“This is my first
competitive match in a long time and I hope I continue to improve from here,”
said Sela, who is looking to regain the national title after losing in the final
to Amir Weintraub last year. “As I said before the tournament, there are no easy
matches and I’m ready for the next challenge. I hope I can do better than
last year and leave with the title this time.”
Sela faces Dekel Bar in
the last eight on Wednesday after Bar beat Dor Belfer 6-3,
Weintraub, the number 2 seed in the tournament, brushed aside Nikita
Suifer 6- 1, 6-1 and will come up against Sa’ar Steele, who beat Guy
Michaelevich 6-1, 6-2.
In the remaining quarterfinals, Gilad Ben-Zvi
plays Tal Goldengorn and Amit Inbar faces Aviv Ben-Shabat.
needed just 50 minutes to advance to the women’s quarterfinals, thrashing Ya’ar
Shafir 6-1, 6-0 to set up a meeting with Sarai Sternbach on
Last year’s beaten finalist, Julia Glushko, also dropped just
a single game and will face Libby Mesh after beating Hila Mizrahi 6-0,
Also in the last eight, Keren Shlomo plays Liat Zimmerman and Ofri
Lankri comes up against Amit Lev Ari.