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Shahar Pe’er got her claycourt season off to a winning start on Tuesday, beating
Sofia Arvidsson 6-1, 6-3 to advance to the third round of the Family Circle Cup
in Charleston, South Carolina.
After receiving a first-round bye as the
No. 5 seed, Pe’er, ranked No. 11 in the world, needed just 65 minutes to
progress to the last 16, where she will face German Julia Goerges (35), who
benefited from the retirement of Eva Birnerova.
Pe’er entered the
tournament just five ranking points from a place in the top-10, with the Israeli
on 3,030 points and No. 10 Serena Williams on 3,035.
A victory over
Goerges is expected to take Pe’er above Williams, but she will also need other
results to go her way to ensure that she breaks into the top-10 for the first
time in her career next Monday and isn’t overtaken by a player currently ranked
After winning just three of 11 matches this season, Dudi Sela
dropped out of the world’s top-100, falling nine places to No. 105.
will hope to get his season back on track on the Challenger circuit, starting
with the 85,000-euro event in Athens next week.