(photo credit: Associated Press)
One place and 115 ranking points are all that separate Shaher Pe’er from
breaking into the top-10 of the world rankings.
Despite failing to
progress past the third round of the Australian Open for a fourth straight year,
Pe’er climbed to a new career-high of number 11 on Monday, benefiting from
Serena Williams’s dramatic drop and the fact that the retired Elena Dementieva
was finally removed from the WTA rankings.
The next player Pe’er will be
looking to overtake is 10th-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.
will face off in the Fed Cup in Eilat on Thursday in Pool B of Europe/Africa
Zone Group I.
Israel will open its group games against Luxembourg on
Wednesday and after playing Poland, will face Bulgaria on Friday.
national team will need to finish the pool in first place in order to advance to
a tie against one of the other three pool winners for a place in April’s World
Group II playoffs.
“We have gotten used to the courts and I hope there
will be plenty of fans that will help us win,” Pe’er said after practicing in
Israel’s No. 2 Julia Glushko will also enter the matches in Eilat
ranked at a career-high, jumping 28 places to No. 205 in the world on
Dudi Sela, who has yet to win a match this year, climbed two
places to No. 90 in the world.
Meanwhile, for the first time, the top 10
players in the women’s tennis rankings represent 10 different
The WTA said in a statement that 11 different nations are
represented among the top 11 spots, including Israel, and 30 different countries
among the top 60.
Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki remained No. 1, followed
by Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters of Belgium, Russia’s Vera Zvonareva,
Italy’s Francesca Schiavone and Australia’s Sam Stosur.
The next five:
Venus Williams of the United States, China’s Li Na, Jelena Jankovic of Serbia,
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and Poland’s Radwanska.
Former No. 1 Serena
Williams, who has been sidelined with a foot injury since winning Wimbledon for
the fourth time last year, dropped from No. 4 to No. 12.AP contributed
to this report.