Sela wins big in Australia; Pe'er advances, Smashnova ousted

Newly crowned Israeli champ trounces former top-10 player Paradorn Srichaphan in his Grand Slam debut.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
January 15, 2007 09:37
Sela wins big in Australia; Pe'er advances, Smashnova ousted

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Israeli tennis champion Dudi Sela recorded the best win of his career in the first round of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Monday, trouncing Paradorn Srichaphan, ranked 54 in the world, in straight sets 6:4, 6:2, 6:2. Srichaphan - a former top-10 player - was no match to Sela, who is ranked 148 spots below the Thai player in the ATP rankings. The 21-year-old will face either Russian Marat Safin or Benjamin Becker from Germany in the second round. Meanwhile, Shahar Pe'er continued her good form as of late and cruised into the second round at Melbourne, overcoming Italian Romina Oprandi 6:3, 6:1. Pe'er, who recently climbed up the WTA ranking to reach the 17th slot, is ranked 16th in Australia. However, fellow Israeli Anna Smashnova (ranked 62 in the world) was unable to overcome 20th ranked Tatiana Golovin of France, losing 6:3, 6:1, to make an early exit. Tzippy Obziler - Israel's third player in the women's tournament - has a tough obstacle ahead when she faces Vera Zvanoreva of Russia on Monday night.


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