Tennis: Ram, Erlich advance to third round

Shahar Pe'er, who crashed out at the first round of the singles tournament, was also a winner on Saturday.

Ram Erlich hug 88 (photo credit:)
Ram Erlich hug 88
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After a poor first week in the singles tournaments at Roland Garros, Israel's tennis players returned to winning ways in the doubles events over the weekend. Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich, who are seeded third in the men's doubles tournament, advanced to the third round on Saturday with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Dominik Hrbaty and Hyung-Taik Lee. Shahar Pe'er, who crashed out at the first round of the singles tournament, was also a winner on Saturday. Pe'er and Victoria Azarenka, who are seeded sixth, defeated Severine Bremond and Mathilde Johansson 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the third round, less than 24 hours after beating Catalina Castano and Kaia Kanepi in the first round. On Friday, Pe'er announced that she has decided to split with her coaches Gabriel Urpi and Conchita Martinez just six months after starting to work with them. "It's no secret that I expect to be playing better tennis," Pe'er said. "I thought that this combination would be more successful, but unfortunately it didn't work out. As always I remain optimistic and believe in myself and know that I will be back to my very best." Also Friday, Dudi Sela and Harel Levy lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to Albert Montanes and Sergio Roitman in the first round of the men's doubles tournament. Saturday was, nevertheless, a disappointing day for the Israelis in the mixed doubles tournament. Andy Ram and Nathalie Dechy, who won the tournament last year, lost 4-6, 4-6 to Dominika Cibulkova and Gael Monfis, with Yoni Erlich and Chia-Jung Chuang falling 6-7 (3), 1-6 to Olga Govortsova and David Martin.