Dudi Sela 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Dudi Sela’s decision to take a break from the ATP Tour to regain some
much-needed confidence and ranking points on the Challenger circuit paid off on
Sunday when he claimed the $75,000 Busan tournament in South Korea with a 6-2,
6-7 (5), 6-3 victory over Japan’s Tatsuma Ito.
After winning just two of
10 matches on the main tour in the first four months of 2011 and dropping to No.
147 in the world, Sela chose to forgo the French Open and much of the European
claycourt season in the hope of finally stringing together a run of
He is expected to climb at least 30 places in the rankings
following his triumph in Korea.
“I was very consistent throughout the
week and I’m very happy to pick up these ranking points,” said Sela, who will
play in the Challenger event in Fergana, Uzbekistan this week.
“I hope to
continue this form this week and pick up some confidence and points in the hope
that the remainder of the year will be good.”
Sela’s 10th career
Challenger tour title also significantly improves his chances of making the main
draw of Wimbledon without having to play qualifiers, something he will be
especially desperate to achieve after deciding to skip Roland Garros, ending his
run of playing in the last 14 Grand Slam tournaments.
Sela is set to be
the top seed and only player in the top-200 to play in Uzbekistan this
The No. 1 seed in Busan, Yen-Hsun Lu (51), lost to Ito (130) in the
Also, Shahar Pe’er will play in the Brussels Open this week in
what will be her final tune-up event ahead of the start of the French Open next
Pe’er faces Australia’s Casey Dellacqua in the first round.