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

Tzipora Obziler
Tzipora Obziler Israel tennis championship 2008.jpg
Country (sports) Israel
ResidenceGivatayim, Israel
Born (1973-04-19) April 19, 1973 (age 46)
Givatayim, Israel
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Turned proApril 1997
RetiredAugust 2009
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$530,572
Singles
Career record370–229
Career titles0 WTA, 14 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 75 (July 9, 2007)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2004, 2005)
French Open2R (2007)
Wimbledon1R (2007, 2008)
US Open2R (2004)
Doubles
Career record151–111
Career titles0 WTA, 14 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 149 (April 10, 2000)

She reached her career-high singles world ranking of No. 75 in on July 8, 2007, and career-high 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.

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Early and personal lifeEdit

She was born in Givatayim, Israel, and is Jewish.[1]

Obziler speaks Hebrew and English.[2] After graduating from high school, she served two years in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF; the Israeli Army).[2] Obziler is a computer BA graduate from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.[2]

She and her partner Hadas have a daughter together.[3][4][5] Obziler took a break from professional tennis when the baby was born, and came back to play in 2008.

Tennis careerEdit

She won 13 singles and 13 doubles titles on the ITF circuit.[2] 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.[2] 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 two tournaments in Istanbul, Turkey. In 2000, she won tournaments in Ashkelon and Beersheba in Israel.[2]

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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[2]

She represented Israel at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, in both singles and (with Shahar Pe'er) doubles.[6]

On August 13, 2009, Obziler convened a press conference to announce her retirement from professional tennis.[7]

Federation CupEdit

Obziler was 48–30 in Federation Cup matches for the Israel Fed Cup team between 1994 and 2007, including wins in 12 of her most recent 13 matches.[8] 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.

WTA career finalsEdit

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)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. Sep 2007 Guangzhou International Women's Open, Guangzhou, China Hard   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   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

ITF Doubles Circuit finals: 27 (14–13)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 17 May 1993 Tortosa, Spain Clay   Limor Zaltz   Maria Inés Araiz
  María Fernanda Landa
6-4, 3-6, 4-6
Runner-up 2. 31 May 1993 Cáceres, Spain Hard   Limor Zaltz   Eleni Rossides
  Heidi Sprung
6-0, 2-6, 2-6
Runner-up 3. 9 August 1993 College Park, United States Hard   Limor Zaltz   Susan Gilchrist
  Vickie Paynter
2-6, 3-6
Runner-up 4. 22 August 1993 Haifa, Israel Hard   Nataly Cahana   Shiri Burstein
  Hila Rosen
0-6, 4-6
Runner-up 5. 29 August 1993 Haifa, Israel Hard   Nataly Cahana   Shiri Burstein
  Hila Rosen
5-7, 5-7
Runner–up 6. 10 October 1994 Burgdorf, Switzerland Carpet (i)   Ilana Berger   Lenka Cenková
  Adriana Gerši
6-4, 3-6, 4-6
Runner–up 7. 11 March 1996 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard   Limor Gabai   Shiri Burstein
  Hila Rosen
3-6, 6-7(2-7)
Runner–up 8. 20 April 1997 Bari, Italy Clay   Anna Smashnova   Sandra Načuk
  Dragana Zarić
4-6, 2-6
Runner–up 9. 17 November 1997 Jaffa, Israel Hard   Anna Smashnova   Nataly Cahana
  Maaike Koutstaal
2-6, 1-6
Runner–up 10. 3 May 1999 Beersheba, Israel Hard   Nataly Cahana   Nadejda Ostrovskaya
  Tatiana Poutchek
1-6, 4-6
Winner 11. 24 May 1999 Guimarães, Portugal Hard   Kelly Liggan   Sabina da Ponte
  Giana Gutiérrez
6–3, 6–1
Winner 12. 31 May 1999 Azeméis, Portugal Hard   Kelly Liggan   Mariana Mesa
  Jorgelina Torti
6–4, 4–6, 7–6(8–6)
Winner 13. 19 July 1999 Dublin, Ireland Carpet   Surina De Beer   Hannah Collin
  Tina Hergold
7–5, 4–6, 6–2
Winner 14. 1 November 1999 Jaffa, Israel Hard   Hila Rosen   Kristie Boogert
  Michelle Gerards
6-4, 1-6, 6-4
Runner-up 15. 14 February 2000 Midland, United States Hard (i)   Surina De Beer   Nannie de Villiers
  Rika Hiraki
1–6, 6–1, 1–6
Winner 16. 27 March 2000 Norcross, United States Hard   Julia Abe   Jessica Steck
  Lindsay Lee-Waters
5–7, 7–6(9–7), 6–4
Winner 17. 19 May 2002 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard   Hila Rosen   Lauren Breadmore
  Natalie Neri
4-6, 6-3, 6-2
Winner 18. 1 December 2002 Mumbai, India Hard   Katarina Mišić   Shelley Stephens
  Scarlett Werner
6–3, 4–6, 7–5
Winner 19. 8 November 2004 Ramat HaSharon, Israel Hard   Danielle Steinberg   Pemra Özgen
  Gabriela Velasco Andreu
7-5, 6-3
Winner 20. 21 November 2004 Deauville, France Clay   Virág Németh   Vanessa Henke
  Květa Peschke
6-4, 6-1
Winner 21. 5 December 2004 Ra'anana, Israel Hard   Shahar Pe'er   Bahia Mouhtassine
  İpek Şenoğlu
6-3, 6-0
Winner 22. 30 May 2005 Ra'anana, Israel Hard   Shahar Pe'er   Daniela Klemenschits
  Sandra Klemenschits
7–6(7-2), 1–6, 6–2
Winner 23. 7 May 2006 Antalya, Turkey Clay   Romina Oprandi   Matea Mezak
  İpek Şenoğlu
4-6, 6-4, 6-0
Runner-up 24. 18 November 2006 Deauville, France Clay (i)   Silvia Disderi   Yuliya Beygelzimer
  Yuliana Fedak
5-7, 4-6
Winner 25. 19 March 2007 Ra'anana, Israel Hard   Evgenia Linetskaya   Martina Babáková
  Veronica Spiegel
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 26. 17 March 2008 Tenerife, Spain Hard   Mervana Jugić-Salkić   Julie Coin
  Violette Huck
4–6, 3–6
Winner 27. 31 March 2008 Patras, Greece Clay   Anastasiya Yakimova   María José Martínez Sánchez
  Arantxa Parra Santonja
7–5, 6–1

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jews in the Olympics: 63 Athletes, 7 Countries". Jewishinstlouis.org. Archived from the original on April 7, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Tzipora Obziler | WTA Tennis
  3. ^ Tzipora Obziler
  4. ^ Tzipora Obziler cuelga la raqueta... pero la descolgará para jugar en Fed Cup: En su palmarés tiene 28 títulos ITF (14 en individuales y 14 en dobles) · Disputó los Juegos Olímpicos de Pekín 2008 con Israel · Confesó abiertamente su homosexualidad y tiene junto a su pareja (Hadas) una hija de dos años (Lihi)
  5. ^ OBZILER CALLS TIME ON CAREER: The late-blooming Israeli and Fed Cup stalwart is looking forward to family life and civic duties.
  6. ^ Tzipora Obziler Bio, Stats, and Results | Olympics at Sports-Reference.com
  7. ^ Hipsh, Rami (August 13, 2009). "Tennis / Dudi Sela stumbles, Andy Ram advances, Obziler set to retire". Haaretz. Retrieved August 13, 2009.
  8. ^ http://www.fedcup.com/en/players/player/profile.aspx?playerid=20004418

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