Tennis Dudi Sela Stumbles, Andy Ram Advances, Obziler Set to Retire

Israel's Dudi Sela fell at the first hurdle in the Montreal Masters tennis tournament yesterday, losing in three sets to Alejandro Falla of Colombia. Sela lost the first set 6-4, leveled up the match by taking the second set 3-6, but lost the decider by the same score.

There was good news for Israel in the doubles, however, with Andy Ram and his Belarusian partner, Max Mirnyi, progressing to the quarterfinal thanks to an epic three-set victory over world Number 2 Rafael Nadal and Francisco Roig, both of Spain.

Ram and Mirnyi lost the first set 6-4, but stormed back to take the second 6-3. They then went on to take a dramatic deciding set 10-8.

In other tennis news, Israel's third-ranked woman's player, Tzipi Obziler, will convene a press conference today, at which she is expected to announce her retirement from the sport at the age of 36.

Despite turning professional at the relatively late age of 24, Obziler has won 13 singles and 13 doubles tournaments during her 12-year career and holds the world record for the most appearances in the Federations Cup.

Seemingly defying the years, Obziler's tennis improved over time, and she reached her highest position in the WTA rankings in 2007, climbing to 75th in the world. After retiring from tennis, she is expected to take up a role on the administrative and coaching side.

In addition to her career on the court, Obziler is also a member of the Givatayim municipal council, having won a seat in the 2008 election. She is also one of the few openly gay athletes in Israeli sport and has a daughter with her partner.