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Israelis at Indian Wells

by Lee Barnathan

March 8, 2012 | 1:01 pm

Israeli women’s tennis pro Shahar Peer has experienced some success at Indian Wells, but Israeli men’s pro Dudi Sela has yet to play on the hard courts. Both are scheduled to compete in the BNP Paribas Open, which began Monday and runs to Mar. 18.

Peer, ranked 34th in the world, has reached at least the fourth round in five of the six times she has played there. This includes quarterfinal appearances last year and in 2007.

The Indian Wells Masters tournament comes at a time when Peer hasn’t been playing well in 2012. Other than a finals appearance in January at Hobart, Australia, Peer has not won her way beyond the third round in six tournaments. She has not won a tournament in three years.

Sela, ranked 63rd, has never won on the men’s pro tour and has just one finals appearance (2008, Beijing) since turning pro 10 years ago. In 2012 he’s 6-6, having reached the fourth round in five of his six tournaments. The exception: a first-round ouster at the Australian Open.

Indian Wells is only one of two non-majors that runs beyond eight days. It also hosts the men and women’s tournaments at the same time, which is unusual outside of the majors.

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