Sela seals Grand Slam slot, but what next for Sha­har?

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY SI­MON GRIVER

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.

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