Israeli Tennis champions advance

January 16, 2013 by Henry Benjamin
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Israel’s current tennis champions have made it through to the next round of the Australian Open in Melbourne..

Shahar Pe'er   photo AJN/Peter Haskin

Shahar Peer photo AJN/Peter Haskin

Playing in his first ever grandslam tournament, Amir Weintraub put paid to Argentinian Bruno Pelli’s hopes in this prestigious tournament. Pelli is ranked 97th in the world with Weintraub filling the 196th slot. But the gap did not bother the cool Israeli who won his match in three sets 7-6. 7-5, 6-2. Weintraub, now $45,000 richer for his efforts will meet German Philipp Kohschreiber in the next round.

It was not an easy day for Shaha Peer however She took out the first set 7-5 against Russia’s Alexandra Panova. But she lost for in the second set going down to the Russian 6-1. Peer regained her composure winning the third set 6-3 and earning a second round spot with 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan (ranked 100). Pe’er is ranked 74

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