Dudi Sela 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
With the 2011 season entering its final few weeks, Dudi Sela finally recorded
his first win of the year over a top-20 player on Monday.
dropped five places to No. 97 in the world earlier Monday, beat world No. 16
Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of the St. Petersburg
The 26-year-old Israeli dominated his Ukrainian opponent,
converting four of six break points while holding his serve throughout the
“I played consistently, applied the right tactics and
took advantage of the chances he gave me,” explained Sela, who made the most of
Dolgopolov’s struggles on his serve, with the Ukrainian hitting just 42 percent
of his first serves in.
“I hope to continue playing well and end the
season with a sweet taste in my mouth.”
Meanwhile, Amir Weintraub
continued his consistent rise up the rankings on Monday, climbing four places to
a career best No. 170.
The 25-year-old began the year at No.
For the Israeli women, Julia Glushko also improved her previous best
on Monday, moving up one place to 161 in the WTA rankings, while Shahar Pe’er
dropped one more place to No. 37, her lowest position since October
Pe’er, who is in Israel recovering from a stress fracture in her
lower back, will take part on Wednesday in an Israel Tennis Centers fundraiser
at Ramat Hasharon aimed at collecting money for community programs that will
improve the welfare of children in Israel.
Glushko and Weintraub will
also attend, joining Maccabi Tel Aviv owner Mitch Goldhar and other donors from
Israel and across the world.