Early Exit for Israeli Tennis Stars at French Open

Shahar Peer and Julia Glushko both beaten in straight sets in first round at Roland Garros; attention now on Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich in the men’s doubles.

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Israel’s two representatives in the women’s singles at the French Open tennis tournament both fell at the first hurdle on Monday.

Playing in her first ever French Open, Julia Glushko was beaten in straight sets by Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor of Spain. The first set was a one-side affair, with the Spanish woman breaking Glushko’s serve three times to win 6-2. The second set was much closer, with both players losing on serve several times. Torro-Flor, however, had the staying power to close out the match 7-5.

Shahar Peer, meanwhile, was playing in her fifth French Open, but her recent run of poor form continued against world No. Four and tournament fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland. Double-faulting four times in the match, Peer also had her service broken six times, as Radwanska won comfortably (6-1, 6-1).

The only Israelis left in the competition, therefore, are double specialists Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich, who face the Italian duo of Daniele Bracciali and Fabio Fognini in the first round of the men’s doubles. In 2008, Ram and Erlich became the first Israelis to win a Grand Slam tournament, when they triumphed in the men’s doubles of the Australian Open. Two years later, Ram reached the semifinal, partnered by Austrian Julian Knowle.

Shahar PeerCredit: Reuters
Julia Glushko training in Ramat Hasharon last year.Credit: Seffi Magriso
Andy Ram, left, and Yoni Erlich.Credit: Nir Keidar