Israelis knocked out of Australian warmup
Shahar Peer swept in two sets by Victoria Azarenka of Belarus; Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich fare no better, falling to the Russian duo of Igor Andreev and Dmitry Tursunov.
Shahar Peer was eliminated in the round of 16 at the Sydney Open yesterday, a day after moving up to her highest world ranking ever at number 12. Seventh-seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, ranked 10th in the world, swept her in two sets, 6-3, 7-5. She broke Peer eight times during the match.
Azarenka, who has beaten Peer in all three of their meetings, will next face world Number 3 Kim Clijsters of Belgium. In the big upset of the day, Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia knocked out world number one Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-3, 6-3.
Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich fared no better at the Sydney Open, playing in their second doubles match together on the ATP tour since breaking up over two years ago. The Russian duo of Igor Andreev and Dmitry Tursunov defeated them in the first round 7-5, 6-0, less than a week after the Israelis lost in the first round of the Brisbane International to Lukas Dlouhy and Paul Hanley.
The lone bright spot for Israeli tennis was Amir Weintraub, who advance for the first time in his career from the qualifying round to the Australian Open. He will face Ukranian Ivan Sergeyev, ranked 199th in the world, in the first round.
On the women's side, Julia Glushko is slated to compete in the qualifying round for the Australian Open.