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Next week Linetskaya and Lee Or (don't really know anything about her) will be playing qualies in 10ks.
The week after that: Shani Blecher (also new to me), Glushko, Khazaniuk, Shlomo, Lankri, Linetskaya, and Lee Or are all in the acceptance lists
Seeing the results almost makes you wish they remained inactive :facepalm:
  • Glushko, seeded 5/Q, failed to qualify in Dothan (USA) 50K.
  • Khazaniuk (7/Q) and Shlomo (2/Q) at least played up to their seeds and made the MD in an Uzbek 25K (Keren just barely) before losing R1 in straight sets, Deniz against another qualifier with a very similar ranking (and age) to hers.
  • Lankri lost 1&0 in a 10K in Antalya.
  • Lee Or didn't make the MD in a 10K in Greece (at least she won a match).
  • Blecher got into a 10K in Peru(!) [which was supposed to have a 64Q draw and ended up not having qualies at all, with all 30 players there straight into the MD - haven't seen anything like that :eek: ] and lost R1.
  • And the talented, troubled one disappeared, again.
And it's not like our #1 player is doing great atm.
It's simply depressing to be an Israeli tennis fan these days :sobbing: and there's not even a sign that things are going to get any better.
 

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New junior on the horizon?

Amit Lev Ari - 16th birthday this coming September

2nd round win in Raanana

(wc)Amit Lev Ari (ISR) d. (6)Matilda Hamlin (SWE) 62 64
 

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Raanana 10K: http://beta.itftennis.com/procircuit/tournaments/women's-tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100026581

As usual, weak even for a 10K, but unusually the local girls are actually holding their own against most of the foreign ones, both in qualies and MD.
Don't know if that's saying much but any positive is news nowadays...
Of course the most significant news of this tournament is the return of its title-holder: http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=21478918&postcount=24

As for Lev Ari, that's nice, but I think to be upgraded to a "hope for the future" you have to start playing outside the yearly 3-4 local 10Ks.
 

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Hertzliya 25K qualies: http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/tournaments/women's-tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100030179

In 11 matches vs foreigners the Israeli players went 0-11, took a total of zero sets and 33 games :tape:
Looking at these results always makes me cringe :tape:

Luckily two sections had only Israeli players so two of them could qualify :clap2: :eek:h:

Edit: one of the local qualifiers is a 14 y.o girl named Avital Vulf:
http://www.tapuz.co.il/forums2008/viewmsg.aspx?forumid=287&messageid=172091187
http://www.tapuz.co.il/forums2008/viewmsg.aspx?forumid=287&messageid=172092540
Very tall and is billed as "hopeful for the future" according to those who've seen her.
Trained at the Ramat Hasharon tennis center and left a year ago, no data where to.
 

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New player to consider.
STERENBACH, Saray

Got to final in a $10,000 ITF in Israel last week and as of today reached the quarterfinals in the $10,000 ITF in Ramle,Israel.
 

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New transfer from Uzbekistan- Vlada Ekshibarova

Won the $10,000 singles title at Akko,Israel this week.

From Wikpedia:


Vlada Ekshibarova (born 14 March 1989 in Tashkent) is an Israel–Uzbekistani tennis player.

Ekshibarova has won six singles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 14 July 2008, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 352. On 7 May 2012, she peaked at world number 461 in the doubles rankings.

Ekshibarova made her WTA tour debut at the 2004 Tashkent Open, having received a wildcard into the doubles tournament with Dilyara Saidkhodjaeva, but they lost to Ekaterina Bychkova and Maria Goloviznina in the first round.[1]

Playing for Uzbekistan at the Fed Cup, Ekshibarova has a win-loss record of 1–9.[2]

In June 2016, Ekshibarova decided to play for Israel instead of Uzbekistan.
 
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