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Amir Weintraub advanced to the second round of the Roland Garros qualifying
tournament in Paris on Tuesday, beating Ti Chen of Taiwan 6-1,
Weintraub, who plummeted 30 places to No. 224 in the world earlier
this week, has struggled for form since coming through the Australian Open
qualifiers to reach the main draw of a Grand Slam event for the first time in
his career in January.
Weintraub was eventually knocked out in the second
round of the main draw in Melbourne by No. 17 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, but
has since only once progressed past the second round in seven tournaments on the
The 26-year-old Israeli faces Romanian Adrian Ungur
(107) in the second round of the qualifiers in Paris.
Sela returned to the world’s top-100 for the first time since last November and
reached his highest ranking in a year on Monday when he jumped 22 places to No.
88 in the world after winning the Challenger tournament in Busan, South
However, Sela did not receive direct entry to the main draw in
Paris as he wasn’t ranked high enough on the April 15 cut-off.
elected to forgo the qualifiers at Roland Garros, but several retirements should
see him sneak into the main draw.
For the women, Shahar Pe’er dropped 13
places to No. 136 in the world on Monday, but was still ranked high enough at
the cut-off date last month to automatically qualify for the main draw of the
year’s second Grand Slam event.
However, it is hard to be optimistic
regarding Pe’er’s prospects in Paris as there seems to be no end in sight to her
The Israeli has lost in the first round in her past two
tournaments on the second-tier ITF circuit before falling in the second round of
the qualifiers of the WTA event in Brussels on Monday.
A defeat for Pe’er
in the first round at Roland Garros will see her parachute around another 40
places in the world rankings.