Israeli woman falls in U.S. Open quarterfinals


The first Israeli woman to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals failed to make the semifinals.

Shahar Pe’er, the No. 18 seed, was defeated by sixth-seeded Anna Chakvetadze, 6-4, 6-1, on Wednesday in New York. Chakvetadze will be making her first appearance in a Grand Slam semifinal. She never had reached a major quarterfinal until this year, when she made that round before losing at the Australian Open and French Open.

From 4-4 in the first set, the Russian took control against Pe’er. Chakvetadze won the last six games against the world’s 19th-ranked player.

Another Israeli, Andy Ram, and his French partner, Nathalie Dechy, also lost in the quarterfinals of the mixed doubles competition. They fell to Zi Yan and Mark Knowles, 6-4, 6-4.


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