Tzipora Obziler

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Tzipora Obziler
Tzipora Obziler Israel tennis championship 2008.jpg
Country (sports)  Israel
Residence Givatayim, Israel
Born (1973-04-19) April 19, 1973 (age 43)
Givatayim, Israel
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Turned pro April 1997
Retired August 2009
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $530,572
Singles
Career record 370–229
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)
Doubles
Career record 151–111
Career titles 0 WTA, 14 ITF
Highest ranking No. 149 (April 10, 2000)

Tzipora "Tzipi" Obziler (Hebrew: ציפורה אובזילר‎‎) (born April 19, 1973) is a former Israeli professional right-handed tennis player.

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.

In Federation Cup she is a shared world record holder for most ties played, at 61. She is Jewish.[1]

Tennis career[edit]

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.

She represented Israel at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, in both singles and (with Shahar Pe'er) doubles.

On August 13, 2009, Obziler convened a press conference to announce her retirement from professional tennis.[2]

Federation Cup[edit]

Obziler was 48–30 in Federation Cup matches between 1994 and 2007, including wins in 12 of her most recent 13 matches.[3] 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.

Personal life[edit]

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.[4][5][6] Obziler took a break from professional tennis when the baby was born, and came back to play in 2008.

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

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)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 30 September 2007 Guangzhou International Women's Open, Guangzhou, China Hard France Virginie Razzano 0–6, 3–6

ITF Singles Circuit finals: 25 (14–11)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 5 November 1990 Ashkelon, Israel Clay Israel Ilana Berger 1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 14 September 1992 Haifa, Israel Hard Israel Yael Segal 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 29 August 1994 Haifa, Israel Hard Israel Hila Rosen 1–6, 5–7
Runner-up 4. 5 June 1995 Haifa, Israel Hard Israel Nelly Barkan 2–6, 2–6
Winner 5. 24 February 1997 Jaffa, Israel Hard Hungary Nóra Köves 7–5, 6–4
Winner 6. 2 June 1997 Antalya, Turkey Hard Turkey Gülberk Gültekin 6–0, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 17 November 1997 Jaffa, Israel Hard Israel Anna Smashnova 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 8. 14 December 1997 Ismailia, Egypt Clay Tunisia Selima Sfar 7–5, 5–7, 4–6
Winner 9. 16 March 1998 Jaffa, Israel Hard Belarus Nadejda Ostrovskaya 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 10. 1 June 1998 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard Austria Patricia Wartusch 3–6, 2–6
Winner 11. 24 May 1999 Guimarães, Portugal Hard Spain Paula Hermida 6–0, 6–4
Winner 12. 30 May 1999 Oliveira de Azeméis, Portugal Hard Romania Raluca Ciochină 6–1, 6–1
Winner 13. 21 June 1999 İstanbul, Turkey Hard Romania Daniela Cocos 6–0, 6–2
Runner-up 14. 26 July 1999 Edinburgh, United Kingdom Clay Hungary Petra Mandula 0–6, 6–4, 5–7
Winner 15. 8 August 1999 İstanbul, Turkey Hard Belarus Nadejda Ostrovskaya 6–0, 7–5
Winner 16. 30 October 2000 Ashkelon, Israel Hard Ukraine Tetiana Luzhanska 4–1, 1–3, 4–1, 4–1
Winner 17. 20 November 2000 Beersheba, Israel Hard Israel Yevgenia Savransky 4–1, 4–0, 2–4, 4–0
Runner-up 18. 7 July 2002 Los Gatos, United States Hard United States Ashley Harkleroad 2–6, 2–6
Winner 19. 24 November 2002 Mumbai, India Hard Germany Adriana Barna 6–2, 6–2
Winner 20. 1 December 2002 Nonthaburi, Thailand Hard Croatia Ivana Abramović 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 21. 6 April 2004 Dinan, France Clay (i) Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky 2–6, 1–6
Winner 22. 30 May 2005 Ra'anana, Israel Hard Georgia (country) Margalita Chakhnashvili 6–0, 6–2
Runner-up 23. 5 December 2005 Ra'anana, Israel Hard Georgia (country) Margalita Chakhnashvili 3–6, 5–7
Winner 24. 1 August 2006 Washington, United States Hard France Camille Pin 7–5, 2–5 ret.
Winner 25. 17 March 2008 Tenerife, Spain Hard Spain Carla Suárez Navarro 6–2, 6–3

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