Is­raelis elim­i­nated in Paris

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BY SI­MON GRIVER

FRENCH OPEN Sha­har Peer was the most high profile Jewish ca­su­alty in the first round at Roland Gar­ros, crash­ing out to a player ranked 132 places be­low her.

The 17th seed Is­raeli con­tin­ued her poor run with a three-set de­feat against Aus­tralian Sa­man­tha Sto­sur. Tzipi Obziler (91) put up a brave fight be­fore go­ing down in sim­i­lar fash­ion against eighth seed Venus Wil­liams. Obziler, 35 suc­cumbed 6-2 in the de­cider. She said: “Nat­u­rally I’m dis­ap­pointed but I can take a lot of sat­is­fac­tion from the abil­ity I showed.”

In the men’s sin­gles, Dudi Sela missed a golden op­por­tu­nity to reach the sec­ond round, go­ing down in a five-set thriller against Ro­ma­nian Vic­tor Hanescu (78). In a match that took place over three days due to per­sis­tent rain in Paris, the 23-year-old failed to take ad­van­tage of a rel­a­tively easy draw. At one stage he led by two sets to one but fi­nally bow­ing out 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6.

Andy Ram and Jonathan Er­lich will look to do bet­ter in the dou­bles.

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