Julia goes in all guns blazing

By Simon Griver, June 19, 2014
Julia Glushko

Julia Glushko

Julia Glushko will be looking to make her mark in her first appearance at Wimbledon, starting on Monday.

The in-form Israeli has climbed to 82nd in the ATP rankings following her excellent performance at the French Open, where she recorded a career-best victory over world no. 22 Kirsten Flipkens on her way to the third round.

Glushko, 24, has qualified for the main draw in the Ladies Singles for the first time and she hopes to impress the crowds in south London, playing some of the best tennis of her career.

Coach Assaf Ingbar said: "We're really satisfied with the progress that Julia has been making and we're confident going into Wimbledon.

"Her professional approach, hard work and consistency have seen her rise up the rankings, especially after that marvellous result at Roland Garros, and we expect this trend to continue."

Shahar Peer and Dudi Sela will also line up at SW19, reflecting an upturn in fortunes for Israeli players after no singles representative qualified last year.

Having reached the second round in Birmingham last week, Peer (78) failed to get beyond the Den Bosch qualifiers.

Sela has slipped to 107 in the rankings, but a 7-6, 6-4 victory over France's Benoit Paire (70) in the first round in Holland suggests he could be finding form at just the right time.

Camila Giorgi claimed a superb victory over Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka at the Aegon International in Eastbourne.

She battled back from a set down to add Azarenka to her list of top 10 victims this year - having already beaten Maria Sharapova and Dominika Cibulkova.

It was a good match," said Giorgi. "Even though I made some mistakes, I think was consistent throughout."

During the contest, Giorgi's father and coach, Sergio, was asked to be quiet by umpire Alison Lang, but he celebrated wildly after Azarenka double-faulted.

Last updated: 4:15pm, June 19 2014