Tzipi Obziler 298.88.
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Tzipi Obziler set up a second-round meeting with world No. 9 Martina Hingis at the WTA tournament in Calcutta, India, after defeating Yulia Beygelzimer of Ukraine 6-2, 6-3, in the first round Monday afternoon.
Obziler dropped to 131st in the new WTA rankings released Monday, and will be hoping for a good run in India that will move her closer to the world's top 100.
The Israeli took a 3-0 lead at the start of the match and cruised to a 6-2 first-set win. The second set was much tighter, with neither player managing to open up an early lead. Obziler got a crucial break in the eighth game and held her serve in the next game to wrap up the set 6-3.
The Israeli will next play five-time Grand Slam tournament winner Hingis, who advanced to the second round after defeating Melinda Czink of Hungary 6-1, 6-2. Obziler will be a huge underdog against the Swiss player and will be looking to cause a massive upset against the tournament's No. 1 seed.
Israel to play Canada in Fed Cup
Israel will play Canada in World Group II of the Federation Cup next year, with a place among the world's top eight teams up for grabs.
The tie will take place in Canada on April 21-22. Despite being disappointed at being drawn to play away from home, Israel will be confident of defeating the local team.
The national team reached World Group II after the Indonesian team chose not to come to Israel for political reasons in the previous round.
Canada booked its spot in the World Group II after a surprise 3-2 win against Argentina. Canada's leading players are Stephanie Dubois (124) and 19-year-old Aleksandra Wozniak (126).
Canadian Jew Sharon Fishman, 15, is also part of the team and may participate in the tie in six months.
The winner of the tie will face one of the eight losers from the World Group, and should it win the next round, it will claim its spot among the world's top eight teams.