April 19, 1973 |
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Turned pro||April 1997|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 14 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 75 (July 9, 2007)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2004, 2005)|
|French Open||2R (2007)|
|Wimbledon||1R (2007, 2008)|
|US Open||2R (2004)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 14 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 149 (April 10, 2000)|
She reached her career-high singles world ranking of No. 75 in on July 8, 2007, and doubles ranking of No. 149 on April 10, 2000.
She has won 13 singles and 13 doubles titles on the ITF circuit. Despite her late run, she played her best tennis over the last few years and qualified for several grand slam events.
She started playing tennis at age 10, with friends. In 1997 she won ITF tournaments in singles in Jaffa and Antalya. In 1998 she repeated in Jaffa. In 1999 she won in Guimaraes, Portugal, and Azemeis, Portugal, and 2 tournaments in Istanbul, Turkey. In 2000 she won tournaments in Ashkelon and Beersheba in Israel.
In 2002 she won in Mumbai, India, and Nonthaburi, Thailand. In November she defeated world # 62 Emmanuelle Gagliardi of Switzerland in France. In 2003 in India she had an upset win over world No. 36 Elena Likhovtseva of Russia in straight sets.
In 2004 she played world # 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne in the US Open, winning a set but losing in the second round. In 2005 she won both the singles and doubles (with Shahar Pe'er) titles in Raanana, Israel. She also upset world No. 47 Émilie Loit of France in the Australian Open in two sets.
In 2006, she managed to get further than the 2nd-round of a WTA event in her first event of the year at Auckland and at Guangzhou in late September. In Auckland, she reached the quarterfinals with two good wins over Jamea Jackson and the 5th-seeded world No. 27 Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia, before falling to Daniela Hantuchová. In Guangzhou, she reached the semifinals of the tournament, along the way defeating world No. 51 Elena Vesnina of Russia and world No. 20 Li Na of China, before falling to the 4th-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues in three sets.
Other than that, she qualified for the Australian Open and various WTA tour events, she won an ITF title in Washington, DC, and finally an ITF doubles title in Antalya-Manavgat partnering Romina Oprandi.
In 2007 she beat 56th-ranked Aiko Nakamura of Japan in the round of 16 of the Pattaya City tournament in Thailand. She also made it to the semifinals in Bangalore and Patras. In August at the US Open she lost in the first round to world No. 86 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. On September 30, 2007, she reached her first final on the WTA Tour, in which she lost to Virginie Razzano at the Guangzhou International Women's Open.
On August 13, 2009, Obziler convened a press conference to announce her retirement from professional tennis.
Obziler was 48–30 in Federation Cup matches between 1994 and 2007, including wins in 12 of her most recent 13 matches. Obziler was part of Israel's Federation Cup team that won 10 ties in a row to reach the competition's quarterfinals in 2008 – Israel's greatest Federation Cup achievement in history. Obziler currently holds the world record for most Federation Cup Ties Played, at 61. She shares the record with compatriot Anna Smashnova.
Obziler speaks Hebrew and English. After graduating from high school, she served two years in the IDF (the Israeli Army). Obziler is a computer BA graduate from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She and her partner Hadas have a daughter together. Obziler took a break from professional tennis when the baby was born, and came back to play in 2008.
WTA career finals
Singles: 1 (0–1)
|Legend: Before 2009||Legend: Starting in 2009|
|Grand Slam tournaments (0/0)|
|WTA Championships (0/0)|
|Tier I (0/0)||Premier Mandatory (0/0)|
|Tier II (0/0)||Premier 5 (0/0)|
|Tier III (0/0)||Premier (0/0)|
|Tier IV & V (0/0)||International (0/1)|
|Runner-up||1.||30 September 2007||Guangzhou International Women's Open, Guangzhou, China||Hard||Virginie Razzano||0–6, 3–6|
ITF Singles Circuit finals: 25 (14–11)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||1.||5 November 1990||Ashkelon, Israel||Clay||Ilana Berger||1–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||2.||14 September 1992||Haifa, Israel||Hard||Yael Segal||3–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||3.||29 August 1994||Haifa, Israel||Hard||Hila Rosen||1–6, 5–7|
|Runner-up||4.||5 June 1995||Haifa, Israel||Hard||Nelly Barkan||2–6, 2–6|
|Winner||5.||24 February 1997||Jaffa, Israel||Hard||Nóra Köves||7–5, 6–4|
|Winner||6.||2 June 1997||Antalya, Turkey||Hard||Gülberk Gültekin||6–0, 6–4|
|Runner-up||7.||17 November 1997||Jaffa, Israel||Hard||Anna Smashnova||3–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||8.||14 December 1997||Ismailia, Egypt||Clay||Selima Sfar||7–5, 5–7, 4–6|
|Winner||9.||16 March 1998||Jaffa, Israel||Hard||Nadejda Ostrovskaya||6–3, 6–3|
|Runner-up||10.||1 June 1998||Tashkent, Uzbekistan||Hard||Patricia Wartusch||3–6, 2–6|
|Winner||11.||24 May 1999||Guimarães, Portugal||Hard||Paula Hermida||6–0, 6–4|
|Winner||12.||30 May 1999||Oliveira de Azeméis, Portugal||Hard||Raluca Ciochină||6–1, 6–1|
|Winner||13.||21 June 1999||İstanbul, Turkey||Hard||Daniela Cocos||6–0, 6–2|
|Runner-up||14.||26 July 1999||Edinburgh, United Kingdom||Clay||Petra Mandula||0–6, 6–4, 5–7|
|Winner||15.||8 August 1999||İstanbul, Turkey||Hard||Nadejda Ostrovskaya||6–0, 7–5|
|Winner||16.||30 October 2000||Ashkelon, Israel||Hard||Tetiana Luzhanska||4–1, 1–3, 4–1, 4–1|
|Winner||17.||20 November 2000||Beersheba, Israel||Hard||Yevgenia Savransky||4–1, 4–0, 2–4, 4–0|
|Runner-up||18.||7 July 2002||Los Gatos, United States||Hard||Ashley Harkleroad||2–6, 2–6|
|Winner||19.||24 November 2002||Mumbai, India||Hard||Adriana Barna||6–2, 6–2|
|Winner||20.||1 December 2002||Nonthaburi, Thailand||Hard||Ivana Abramović||6–4, 6–4|
|Runner-up||21.||6 April 2004||Dinan, France||Clay (i)||Timea Bacsinszky||2–6, 1–6|
|Winner||22.||30 May 2005||Ra'anana, Israel||Hard||Margalita Chakhnashvili||6–0, 6–2|
|Runner-up||23.||5 December 2005||Ra'anana, Israel||Hard||Margalita Chakhnashvili||3–6, 5–7|
|Winner||24.||1 August 2006||Washington, United States||Hard||Camille Pin||7–5, 2–5 ret.|
|Winner||25.||17 March 2008||Tenerife, Spain||Hard||Carla Suárez Navarro||6–2, 6–3|
- "Jews in the Olympics: 63 Athletes, 7 Countries". Jewishinstlouis.org. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
- Hipsh, Rami (August 13, 2009). "Tennis / Dudi Sela stumbles, Andy Ram advances, Obziler set to retire". Haaretz. Retrieved August 13, 2009.
- Tzipora Obziler
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