Israel's world-ranked tennis players made further progress at the Israel Open in Ramat Hasharon with little resistance Wednesday. Shahar Peer was stretched somewhat during the first set against Sarai Sternbach but moved through to the semifinals with a 6-4, 6-0 victory. This morning she will meet Ofri Lankri, who defeated Amit Lev Ari 6-1, 6-2.
Julia Glushko dropped only one game to Libi Mesh. Her next opponent will be Keren Shlomo, who got past Liat Zimmerman in three sets 3-6, 6-3, 6-0. The two are slated to play in the afternoon session.
In women's doubles, Glushko and Shlomoteamed up to crush Lee Ben Or and Daniella Vita 6-0, 6-1. They will meet the duo of Rona Levian and Lankri, who ousted Zimmeran and Danielle Zin 6-1,6-3, in the final.
On the men's side, Dudi Sela overpowered Bar Dekel 7-5, 6-3 and on Thursday faces Amit Inbar, who easily handled Aviv Ben Shabat 6-2, 6-1. Saar Steele challenged last year's champion Amir Weintraub during the first set, but Weintraub came out on top 6-4, 6-1. His opponent in the semifinal is Gilad Ben Zvi, who also won 6-2, 6-1 in his match against Tal Goldengoren.
Sela and Inbar meet in the morning, while Weintraub and Ben Zvi face each other in the afternoon.
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