Dudi wins, Shahar loses in return

Dudi Sela got the new tennis season off to a winning start on Monday, while Shahar Pe’er claimed just three games in losing her first match of the campaign.

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December 31, 2013 04:30
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Shahar Peer returns a shot at the Roland Garros tennis tournament, May 27, 2013

Shahar Peer 2013, 370. (photo credit: Reuters)

 
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Dudi Sela got the new tennis season off to a winning start on Monday, while Shahar Pe’er claimed just three games in losing her first match of the campaign.

Sela, ranked No. 73 in the world, defeated Lukas Lacko (81) of Slovakia 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 26 minutes in the first round in Chennai, India, converting four of 10 break points.

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The 28-year-old Israeli, who won just four matches on the ATP Tour last season after spending much of the year on the Challenger circuit, will face a far sterner test in the second round when he comes up against world No. 15, Mikhail Youzhny, who received a first-round bye.

Sela and Youzhny will be meeting for the fourth time in their careers, but the first since 2010.

The Russian beat Sela at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2010, with the Israeli defeating Youzhny in the Davis Cup the previous year.

Meanwhile, Pe’er’s 2013 season was cut short in September after she was diagnosed with a partial tear of her foot’s plantar fascia.

Opening her campaign ranked 77th, she showed plenty of rust on Monday, losing 6-0, 6-3 to Jie Zheng (53) in the first round in Shenzhen, China.



Pe’er held her serve just once and squandered 14 of 16 break points. She will be aiming to record her first victory of 2014 when she takes part in the Hobart International next week.

Both Sela and Pe’er, as well as Julia Glushko (ranked 91st), who lost in the second round of the Brisbane qualifiers last week, are guaranteed a main draw berth in the singles tournaments at the Australian Open, which gets underway in Melbourne on January 14.

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