No Seoul search­ing as su­per Sela im­presses

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY SI­MON GRIVER

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.”

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