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No Israeli record as Peer thrashed in round four

By Craig Silver, July 4, 2008

Shahar Peer was battered into submission by world No. 5 Elena Dementieva in the fourth round, and denied the opportunity of being the first-ever Israeli to reach the quarter finals.

Peer found it difficult to cope with the superb ground strokes and vicious backhands which saw Dementieva cruise to victory, winning 6-2, 6-1 in one hour and 15 minutes.

Peer, 26 in the world rankings, hit just 11 unforced errors during the match, but the Russian’s 24 winners gave Israel’s No. 1 player no chance.


How to win a grand slam, by a kosher hero

By Danny Caro, July 4, 2008

It is almost 57 years to the day that Dick Savitt won Wimbledon. In doing so he remains the only Jewish player to have won the men’s singles title.

Since then, Israeli Andy Ram has won the mixed doubles while Jesse Levine won the junior doubles crown in 2005. But Savitt is in a league of his own and, considered by experts to be the greatest baseline player of his generation, he reached the heights without having a single tennis lesson in his 12-year career.


Wigan move puts De Ridder back with Bruce

By Craig Silver, July 4, 2008

Dutch midfielder Daniel De Ridder has made a swift return to the Barclays Premier League, after leaving relegated Birmingham City to join his former boss Steve Bruce at Wigan Athletic on a free transfer.

After signing a three-year deal with the club, he said he had made up his mind “seconds” after picking up the phone to Bruce.


Lions host Israeli cubs

By Craig Silver, July 4, 2008

London Maccabi Lions junior section hosted its second annual football festival at the weekend, following on from last year when Nice Maccabi came to Rowley Lane.

This year the visitors were an under 14 side from Jerusalem , Etsion FC.

Nicky Bloom, the Lions co-manager who arranged the event, said: “It was a wonderful opportunity for the boys to come together with Etsion FC and to make new friends under the umbrella of football.


Kerem swim to success

July 4, 2008

More than 200 children took part in Maccabi GB’s annual Simchat Hamayim swimming gala at Barnet Copthall swimming pool, last weekend.

This year, eight schools, including Sinai, Rosh Pinah, MMK, Kerem, Independent, Wolfson Hillel, Akiva and North West all packed out the stands to take part.

Throughout the event, three schools were occupying the top three spots and the excitement intensified as the climax to the afternoon saw six relays. The contest was extremely close and was eventually won by Kerem School.


Harris ecstatic after first pro victory

By Craig Silver, July 4, 2008

Rising star Nicky Harris won the Stoke by Nayland Championship last weekend, less than six months after turning professional.

The 25-year-old from Whitefield, Manchester, who plays on the Euro pro tour, the third biggest tour in Europe washed cars to fund his game during his amateur career.


Goodman enjoying the best of times

By Brian Sacks, July 4, 2008

Fifteen-year-old Stanmore middle distance runner Richard Goodman has qualified for the English Schools Athletics Championships by cutting his 1500m personal best to 4:05.59, an improvement of more than six seconds.

This time puts him in the top 20 in the country in the under-17 age group, and only one of this top 20 is younger than Goodman himself. Goodman will now be the sole under-17 representative for Middlesex Schools in this event at the Championships, which are taking place in Gateshead next weekend.


No split for Israeli duo

By Laura Stadler, July 3, 2008

Israeli doubles stars Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram have dismissed speculation of an impending split after their exit from Wimbledon this week.

Erlich, 31, was said to be considering taking time out from tennis after the Olympics when his first child is due to be born. Some reports have suggested increasing tensions with Ram, 28, implying that he will team up with another Israeli, Harel Levy, for the US Open in August.


Furious Peer blames umpire after womens’ double defeat

By Craig Silver, July 3, 2008

Shahar Peer criticised the umpire after her fourth round womens’ doubles defeat, claiming an incorrect decision in the second set proved costly for her and partner Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.

Peer and Azarenka were playing against world number ones Cara Black and Liezel Huber in the quarter-final.


Sahar to play up Pompey

By Simon Griver, June 27, 2008

Ben Sahar and his club Chelsea have agreed a six-month loan deal with FA Cup winners Portsmouth. Currently on holiday in Israel, the former Hapoel Tel Aviv striker will earn £15,000 a week with Pompey and will fly back to England next week to begin training at Fratton Park.