No Seoul searching as super Sela impresses
TENNIS DUDI Sela reached a career high of 73 in the world rankings after winning the Seoul Challenger in Korea on Sunday.
Seeded four in the competition, the Israeli climbed 13 places in the rankings after beating Konstantinos Economidis (176) of Greece 6-4, 6-4 in the final to claim $18,000 (£8,735) in prize money.
Although Sela, 22, did not have to face a player ranked higher than him, he played crisp, assured tennis throughout the tournament and did not drop a single set.
“My confidence has been very high since my performance in the Davis Cup last month,” said Sela. “My change in fortune this year is not due to anything I’ve changed in my play. It is just a different, stronger attitude.”
Since leading Israel to the World Group in the Davis Cup in September with a victory over world number six Fernando Gonzalez of Chile, Sela has won eight out of nine games. He will now play three more Challenger tournaments in the Far East before the December break. Remarkably, Sela was ranked 290 last October and almost took the decision to retire.
Looking ahead to the Australian Open in January, he said: “My next target now is to reach the top 50 and qualify for next summer’s Olympics.”