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Anna Smashnova advanced to the quarterfinals of the Forest Hills Tennis Classic in New York on Tuesday after Julia Schruff of Germany retired midway through the second set.
The Israeli led 6-2, 4-3 when Schruff, who is ranked 55 in the world, was forced to pull out.
The 30-year-old Israeli will face the winner of the match between No. 3 seed Sybille Bammer of Austria and Martina Sucha of Slovakia.
Smashnova will be hoping to continue her success at Forest Hills and climb back up the world rankings after falling one spot to number 62 in the new rankings released on Monday.
The most significant change in the new rankings was Shahar Pe'er's rise to a career best 22nd spot.
Pe'er was due to play in a tournament at New Haven, Connecticut, this week, but withdrew on Monday only hours before her first round match was supposed to start.
The Israeli decided to fly directly to New York and begin her preparations for next week's US Open as soon as possible.
The qualifying for the last Grand Slam of the year began on Tuesday. Harel Levy (213) defeated Spaniard Albert Portas (131) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, in the first round. The Israeli will now play American Jesse Levine in the second round. A win in the third round of qualifying guarantees a place in the first round of the main draw.
Dudi Sela lost to Uros Vico of Italy 3-6, 6-1, 5-7.
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