Tennis: Pe’er falls, Sela breezes in Chennai

"She’s tough from both sides and her backhand is really a weapon," Petkovich says of Pe'er.

January 3, 2012 05:58
2 minute read.
Shahar Pe'er, Brisbane

Shahar Pe'er, Brisbane_311. (photo credit: Toby Melville/Reuters)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Shahar Pe’er’s first match of 2012 ended in disappointment on Monday, while Dudi Sela got the year off to an ideal start.

Pe’er, ranked No. 37, had her chances against world No. 10 Andrea Petkovic in the first round of the Brisbane International, serving for the first set twice before also holding an early break in the third, only to lose 7-6 (2), 1-6, 6-3.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

“It was really tough, but I expected a tough match,” Petkovic said. “I know Shahar very well. She’s tough from both sides and her backhand is really a weapon. I’m lucky I was able to get through this match today.”

Pe’er, who will remain in Brisbane for the time being to play in the doubles tournament with Vera Dushevina, will take part in the Hobart International next week in what will be her final warm-up event for the Australian Open, which gets underway on January 16.

Sela (83) cruised into the second round of the Chennai Open in India, crushing Italy’s Fabio Fognini (48) 6-0, 6-1 in a mere 59 minutes.

Sela held his serve with ease, saving the only break point he faced, while dominating Fognini’s service games, reaching 14 break points and converting six of them.

Next up for Sela is a meeting with France's Benoit Paire (89) for a place in the quarterfinals.

Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich also got 2012 off to a winning start, advancing to the quarterfinals in Chennai by beating Indian duo Mohit Mayur Jayaprakash and Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-2, 6-1.

Meanwhile in Brisbane, Serena Williams admitted she is amazed at her own success given how much she dislikes the actual athletic nature of her profession.

“I have never liked sports and could never understand how I became an athlete,” the former world number one and arguably the most dominant women’s player over the past 10 years told reporters after she beat Chanelle Scheepers 6-2 6-3 in the first round on Monday.

“I don’t like working out and don’t like anything to do with working physically. If it involves sitting down or shopping, I’m excellent at that.

“That has always been my Achilles’ heel, the working out. But as long as the motivation’s there it’s definitely going to be cool.”

Reuters contributed to this report

Related Content

dudi sela
August 31, 2014
Sela steamrolled by Dimitrov