Tennis: Sela breaks top 30; Pe'er falls in Prague

Sela will spend the coming months playing on the hard-courts of North America, culminating with the US Open.

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July 14, 2009 06:29
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Tennis: Sela breaks top 30; Pe'er falls in Prague

Dudi Sela 248.88. (photo credit: AP)

Dudi Sela climbed three places to a career-best No. 30 in the world on Monday thanks to his Davis Cup victory over Mikhail Youzhny in Israel's 4-1 quarterfinal win against Russia this past weekend. The 24-year-old tied Harel Levy's career-best ranking from 2001, meaning Shlomo Glickstein (No. 22 in 1982) and Amos Mansdorf (No. 18 in 1987) are the only Israelis to have been placed higher in the ATP rankings than the Kiryat Shmona native's current spot. Sela will spend the coming months playing on the hard-courts of North America, culminating with the US Open, which gets underway on the last day of August. Levy's successful weekend in the Davis Cup has seen him jump 27 places to No. 183 in the world. This is the first year victories in the Davis Cup are being rewarded with ranking points by the ATP. Part of the reason for the decision was to encourage top-ranked players to participate for their native countries. Israel only has two more players ranked in the top-1000, Noam Okun (298) and Amir Weintraub (776), while Spain, its opponent in the Davis Cup semifinals, can boast some eight players in the world's top-50. In the women's rankings, Shahar Pe'er climbed five places to No. 58 in the world. On a losing note, Pe'er was knocked out in the first round of the Prague Open on Monday, falling 7-5, 6-3 to Francesca Schiavone (ranked 30th).


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