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Dudi Sela will be hoping to claim his second title of the year on the Challenger
circuit on Sunday when he faces German Benjamin Becker in the final of the
Sela, ranked No. 94 in the world, thrashed Teymuraz
Gabashvili (136) 6-2, 6-0 in the semis on Saturday and will be aiming to record
his first career win against Becker (105) after losing to the German in their
previous two meetings.
After missing Roland Garros and Wimbledon, Sela
has ensured himself direct entry to the main draw of the US Open.
first time in 15 years, Israel didn’t have any representatives in the singles
tournaments of a Grand Slam event at Wimbledon last month after Shahar Pe’er,
Julia Glushko, Sela and Amir Weintraub all failed to qualify.
hopes of reaching a first WTA Tour semifinal since last January were dashed on
Friday with a 6-0, 7-5 defeat to Alexandra Cadantu in the Budapest Grand Prix
The 26-year-old Israeli, ranked No. 162 in the world,
advanced to just her second quarterfinal in 18 months in Budapest, but was
denied a semi berth by Cadantu (80) for the second time this year after also
falling at the hands of the Romanian in the last eight in Katowice, Poland in
Friday’s defeat means that Pe’er will have to come through the
qualifiers to avoid missing out on the US Open main draw for the first time
Pe’er failed to qualify for Wimbledon last month, missing her
first major since the 2009 French Open, which she sat out due to
It was just the second Grand Slam main draw Pe’er had failed to
reach in the past 34 played since making her debut at Roland Garros eight years
Glushko, who leapfrogged Pe’er as the Israel No. 1 last month, edged
closer to entering the world’s top 100 for the first time on Friday after
progressing to the semifinals of the Yakima ITF event in Washington
Glushko, who catapulted to a career high of No. 105 last week
after winning the ITF tournament in Waterloo, Canada, beat Ashley Weinhold 6-3,
6-2 and played Nicole Gibbs in the semis late Saturday night.