Mixed form for Israeli tennis players

Obziler beats China's Shuai Peng; Ram and Erlich lose at Thailand Open; Pe'er ousted in Luxembourg.

September 28, 2007 06:35
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Mixed form for Israeli tennis players

Tzipi Obziler 298.88. (photo credit: Courtesy Photo)

Tzipi Obziler continued her excellent form on Thursday, defeating local favorite Shuai Peng 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) to advance to the quarterfinals of the Guangzhou Women's Open in China. Obziler, who reached the last eight of the WTA tournament in Calcutta last week, is now just one win away from a semifinal berth and a repeat of her career best performance in China last year. The Israeli, who is ranked No. 105 in the world, will next face Romanian Ioana Raluca Olaru (63) who defeated Zi Yan (72) 6-1, 6-4. Obziler trailed 6-4, 3-0 against Peng (47) on Thursday and was just two points away from losing the match in the third set tiebreak. The 34-year-old, however, claimed the last four points of the tiebreak and the match and booked her place in the last eight. Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich lost 5-7, 6-3, 10-8 to the rookie pairing of Vince Spadea and Fernando Verdasco in the quarterfinals of the Thailand Open in Bangkok on Thursday. The Israelis, who are currently No. 6 in the doubles race, were the top seeds in the tournament and defending champions. On Wednesday, Shahar Pe'er (16) was knocked out of the Fortis Championships in Luxemburg, losing 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 to Russian Vera Zvonareva (27). The 20-year-old Israeli can at least console herself with success in the doubles tournament, after advancing on Thursday to the semifinals with partner Victoria Azarenka. The duo defeated Cirstea and Wyckmayer 6-0, 6- 3 in the quarterfinals.

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