(photo credit: Associated Press)
Hours after knocking out Dudi Sela in the second round of the Thailand Open in
Bangkok on Wednesday, Jurgen Melzer teamed up with Yoni Erlich to advance to the
semifinals of the doubles event.
The Austrian, ranked number 13 in the
world, brushed aside Sela 6-3, 6-4, his second victory in 10 days over the
Israeli following last week’s win in the Davis Cup World Group
At least one Israeli is benefiting from Melzer’s excellent form
with the Austrian and Erlich reaching the last four of the doubles tournament in
Bangkok on Wednesday.
They scored a 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 10-5 victory over
Michael Kohlmann and Jarko Nieminen.
The Israel-Austrian duo will face
Dmitry Tursunov and Kittipong Wachiramanowong in Friday’s semifinal
Shahar Pe’er and China’s Shuai Peng will face Yung-Jan Chan and
Liezel Huber in the semifinals of the Pan Pacific Open doubles tournament in
Tokyo on Friday after beating No. 1 seeds Flavia Pennetta and Gisela Dulko 5-7,
6-1, 10-8 on Thursday.
Also Thursday, top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki was
given an easy path into the singles semifinals when Agnieszka Radwanska retired
with a left foot injury in the first set.
Trailing 5-0, the sixth-seeded
Radwanska consulted with a trainer during the changeover before deciding
could not continue.
Wozniacki, aiming for her sixth title this year, will
meet eighth-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the semis on Friday.
Bangkok, Rafael Nadal dispatched qualifier Ruben Bemelmans 6-1, 6-4
his Thailand Open debut.
In Friday’s quarterfinals, Nadal will meet