AMIR WEINTRAUB in Ramat Hasharon 370.
(photo credit: Photo Gadi)
Amir Weintraub claimed his second Israel championship title in three years on
Saturday, beating Dudi Sela 4-6, 6-4, 6- 3 in an entertaining final at Ramat
Weintraub’s win over Sela in the 2010 national final was a
massive surprise, but he has since proven his potential on several occasions,
most notably in the Davis Cup, and he thoroughly deserved his victory on
A break in the 10th game clinched the first set for Sela,
ranked No. 109 in the world.
However, the match went to a decider after
Weintraub (194) held his serve throughout the second set, breaking in the third
game and saving two break points before closing out the set.
lost his serve in the first game of the decisive set, but he would tie the score
at 3-3 with a break of his own.
However, he dropped his serve yet again
in the subsequent game and Weintraub held his nerve for a confidence- boosting
win ahead of the new season.
“Winning the title for a second time is not
like the first, but this is still exciting,” said Weintraub.
happy, but what is really important is that I play well in Australia next month
and finally reach the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament.”
will also likely have to qualify for the Australian Open, wasn’t too upset with
the defeat to his Davis Cup teammate.
“Amir played much better than me
today and deserved to win,” Sela said. “I’ve changed my racket for the first
time in 17 years and it is still a little tough for me. I need to get used to
it. I hope Amir and I can climb up the rankings in 2013.”