Ram and Erlich edged in Vienna semifinal

The Israelis, who are currently ranked No. 7 in the ATP doubles race, could have clinched a spot in the season-ending Masters Cup.

October 15, 2006 02:04
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Ram and Erlich edged in Vienna semifinal

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Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich lost 6-4, 4-6, 11-9 to Petr Pala and Pavel Vizner in the semifinals of the $690,000 BA-CA Tennis Trophy in Vienna Friday afternoon. After splitting the first two sets, Ram and Erlich fell behind in the tiebreaker and saved three match points before Pala and Vizner eventually won. The Israelis, who are currently ranked No. 7 in the ATP doubles race, could have clinched a spot in the season-ending Masters Cup if they had won the tournament in Austria, but will now need to wait at least until next week's Madrid tournament to ensure themselves a place among the world's top eight pairs at the season finale in China. The Czechs got the first break of the match in the fifth game of the first set and maintained their lead until the end of the set. The first nine games of the second set went according to serve, but a crucial break by Ram and Erlich in the 10th game won the set and evened the match at one set apiece. The start of the match tiebreaker was dominated by the Czechs who took a 9-6 lead. The Israelis fought back and saved three straight match points. However, Pala and Vizner won the next two points and advanced to the final. Pe'er and Santangeloalso out in semis Shahar Pe'er and Italian partner Mara Santangelo were on the losing side of a doubles semifinal on Friday, succumbing 6-4, 6-4, at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow to Czech Iveta Benesova and Russian Galina Voskoboeva. After playing poorly in the first set, the Israeli/Italian team improved their performance and grabbed a 3-0 lead in the second set. However, Benesova and Voskoboeva reeled off four straight games and closed out the set.

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