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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
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.
(85), on the other hand, beat Konstantin Kravcuk (134) 6-3, 6-4 in
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
just last Sunday, helping his country to a 3- 2 victory over Israel in
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
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
“Maybe I was lucky because it was my birthday,” Date Krumm said a
day after upsetting defending champion Maria Sharapova.
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resuming her career nearly 12 years later. Earlier this year, she became
oldest woman to beat a top 10 player with a win over Dinara Safina at
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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