Exciting Win Puts Israel's Glushko Through to Second Round of French Open

Uri Talshir
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Israeli tennis player Julia Glushko.Credit: Nir Kedar
Uri Talshir

Israeli women's tennis player Julia Glushko went through to the second round of the French Open in Paris on Tuesday, beating Donna Vekic of Croatia 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 in the first round.

Israel's senior tennis players, Shahar Peer and Dudi Sela, both lost their first round matches.

Ranked 98 in the world, Glushko overcame her higher-ranked opponent (67) in a tense and exciting match. At 5-4 to Glushka in the third set, Vekic served to stay in the game. But Glushka held her nerve, breaking her opponent's serve to win the match and advance into the second round.

Two statistics tell the story of the closely-fought match: Vekic made 66 unforced errors to Glushko's 43, and the Croatian player managed to convert only 29 percent of her break points (six out of 21,) while the Israeli converted 67 percent (six out of nine.) The final break gave her the game after one hour and 20 minutes.

"I am very happy to have begun the tournament on the right foot and am already preparing for my next game," Glushko said after her victory.

Assaf Ingber, a member of Glushko's training team, added: "Julia has been playing well for some time now and even when she lost, the matches were close. We're very pleased to have found a new partner and coach in Bruno Echagaray and hope that this victory will only be the beginning."

In the next round, Glushko faces a much tougher match against the Belgian Kirsten Flipkens, ranked 22 in the world.

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