Sela seals Grand Slam slot, but what next for Shahar?
TENNIS DUDI Sela has returned to the top 100 and qualified for the Australian Open after winning the Suzhou Open in China – the Israeli’s 19th Challenger title.
Sela of Israel beat Matija Pecotic (207) in the final after the Croatian retired injured in the second set after Sela won the opener 6-1.
The win saw Sela rise from 113 in the ATP rankings to 92. Victory in China brought Sela’s 2015 prize money to almost £200,000 and career winnings to £1.7m.
Shahar Peer, 28, has confirmed reports that she is considering retiring. “I will make a decision in the coming few weeks,” she said.
In recent weeks, she has been beaten by players ranked 758 and 968. Currently ranked 173, she achieved a highest ranking of 11 and has won more than £3m in tournament prize money including six titles.
Shelly Krolitsky has been called into Tzipi Obziler’s Federation Cup squad after winning Israeli junior under-18 women’s title. Yshai Oliel, another graduate from The David Squad run by British businessman and philanthropist David Coffer, earned his first points on the ATP circuit.