Tzipi Obziler (ODU '96) Wins Legg Mason Tennis Classic
Aug. 9, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC - Former Lady Monarch tennis standout Tzipi Obziler ('96) from Israel won the biggest tournament of her career on Sunday, defeating Frenchwoman Camille Pin in the second set of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic final.
With the victory in the $75,000 ITF tournament, the 33-year-old climbed 44 spots in the WTA rankings and is now NO. 139 in the world.
"I had a very tough week that ended very well," Obziler said after the win. "This is a result of all the preparation I did before coming here."
Obziler trailed Pin, 5-3 in the first set before battling back to win four consecutive games to take the set, 7-5.
The second set developed in a similar way to the first as the Frechwoman once again opened a promising lead. Pin seemed to be on her way to levelling the match at a set each as she took a 5-2 lead, but a groin strain in the eighth game forced her to retire and give Obziler the title.
As well as soaring up the tankings, Obziler also takes home $11,400 for her efforts in Washington.
As a student athlete at ODU, Obziler won the ITA National Clay Court Championship in October of 1995. On Dec. 12, of 1996 she was the nation's number one ranked college tennis player and completed the season with a 28-3 record before returning to Israel to play for her country's Federation Cup team.