Shahar sent packing, Sela sets up rematch with Melzer

Pe'er beaten by Kaia Kanepi at Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo; Dudi defeats Konstantin Kravcuk, will get chance to avenge Davis Cup loss.

September 29, 2010 06:36
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Dudi Sela

Sela 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)


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Shahar Pe’er was ousted in the second round of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Tuesday, while Dudi Sela will get the chance to avenge his Davis Cup defeat to Jurgen Melzer after advancing to the second round of the Thailand Open in Bangkok.

Pe’er, ranked No. 19 in the world, lost 6-3, 7-6 (5) to Kaia Kanepi (25), her second defeat to the Estonian in just over a month.

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Sela (85), on the other hand, beat Konstantin Kravcuk (134) 6-3, 6-4 in Thailand to set up a second round meeting with Melzer.

The world No. 13 from Austria, who received a first round bye, thrashed Sela in three sets at the Nokia Arena just last Sunday, helping his country to a 3- 2 victory over Israel in the Davis Cup World Group playoffs.

Meanwhile, top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki cruised into the third round in Tokyo, while Kimiko Date Krumm of Japan celebrated her 40th birthday with a win over Daniela Hantuchova on Tuesday.

Wozniacki defeated Greta Arn of Hungary 6-1, 6-3. Date Krumm was leading 2-6, 6-0, 4-0 when Hantuchova was forced to retire with a right shoulder injury.

“Maybe I was lucky because it was my birthday,” Date Krumm said a day after upsetting defending champion Maria Sharapova.


Date Krumm, who won the Tokyo tournament in 1995, turned pro in 1989 and retired in 1996, before resuming her career nearly 12 years later. Earlier this year, she became the oldest woman to beat a top 10 player with a win over Dinara Safina at the French Open.

A win in Tokyo would make her the oldest woman to win a WTA Tour title. Billie Jean King won the Birmingham title in 1983 aged 39.

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