Ron Kaplan reports that tennis player Shahar Pe’er (currently world-ranked number 11, the highest-ever for an Israeli), who became a cause célèbre when she was banned in 2009 from playing in the annual Dubai tournament, is back in the U.A.E. city—which got the message after Venus Williams threatened to boycott and allowed Pe’er to compete last year and this—and has won her first singles and doubles matches.
Last year in Dubai, Pe’er defeated Danish superstar Caroline Wozniacki—then the world’s top-ranked player, currently the world’s second-ranked, and once again competing in Dubai—prompting a, er, cheeky tweet (later deleted) from Israel’s British Embassy: “You heard it here first: Israeli tennis player carries out hit on #Dubai target.” Here’s hoping for similar success—on the court—this year.
Israeli Tennis Star Back in Dubai [Kaplan’s Korner]
Related: Israeli Embassy Deletes Joke About Dubai ‘Hit’ From Twitter [The Lede]
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