Israeli tennis star Dudi Sela. .
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Israel’s three representatives at the US Open singles tournaments were handed relatively comfortable draws in the first round on Thursday, although they will likely face daunting opponents should they win.
Dudi Sela, ranked No. 84 in the world, will come up against Carlos Berlocq (63) in the first round in what will also be a preview of their expected meeting in Israel’s Davis Cup World Group playoff tie against Argentina next month. Should Sela win, he is set to come up against No. 7 seed Grigor Dimitrov, assuming the Bulgarian overcomes American Ryan Harrison.
Julia Glushko (101) is confident of overcoming American wildcard Madison Brengle (123) in the first round of the women’s event, but will face an exceedingly tougher time against No. 26 seed Sabine Lisicki in the next round should the German avoid an upset.
Shahar Pe’er (155), who only received a main draw berth as she was ranked much higher at the cut-off date, was drawn to play Britain’s Johanna Konta (121) in the first round. No. 25 seed Garbine Muguruza will likely await the winner in the second round.
The US Open begins on Monday.