Tennis

Sela ousted at semi-final stage of Israel Challenger

By Simon Griver, April 5, 2016

Second seed Dudi Sela failed to reach the final of Israel Open Challenger tournament in Ra'anana.

The Israeli lost 6-3, 3-6, 4-6 to third seed Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania at the semi-final stage. Berankis lost in the final of the $125,000 tournament to top seed Evegeny Donskoy of Russia.

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Sela on course for Rio Olympics after 20th title success

By Simon Griver, March 29, 2016

Dudi Sela is on course to qualify for the Rio Olympics after winning his 20th Challenger title in Shenzhen.

The Israeli beat China's Di Wu (175) 6-4, 6-3 in the final and did not drop a set throughout the tournament.

The win in China has lifted Sela, 30, to 67 in the world rankings, his highest position in two years.

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Israel beaten by Hungary in Davis Cup

By Simon Griver, March 8, 2016

Israel will host Sweden in the Davis Cup European/Africa Zone 1 Group relegation playoff in September after slumping to a humiliating defeat against lowly Hungary.

Playing on indoor clay courts, Israel capitulated on the opening two days as Hungary raced into an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Israel's top-100 star Dudi Sela set the tone by falling in five sets to Peter Nagy, ranked just 611.

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Israel favourites to progress in Davis Cup

By Simon Griver, March 3, 2016

Israel travel to Budapest as firm favourites for the Davis Cup European Zone Group 1 clash against Hungary.

It will be a major surprise if Dudi Sela (89) and Amir Weintraub (197) fail against a team led by Marton Fucsovics (203) and Peter Nagy at 612, the next highest ranked player. Jonathan Erlich is also available for the doubles.

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Fed Cup agony for Israel

By Simon Griver, February 9, 2016

Israel lost 2-0 to Ukraine in the World Group promotion play-off for the Fed Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group 1 in Eilat.

Shahar Peer was beaten 6-1, 6-1 by Katarinka Bondarenko (73) while Julia Glushko (126) fought fiercely before losing 7-6, 7-6 to Lesia Tsurenko (35).

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Joseph to lead Team GB tennis medal charge at 20th Maccabiah

January 29, 2016

Stephen Joseph has spoken of his excitement after being appointed Team GB Tennis Chair for the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel in 2017.

Joseph has played for a number of clubs before becoming a member of the David Lloyd Bushey Club for close to 25 years. During his time with Bushey, he has competed in both the Men’s and Mixed Doubles teams, often as Captain.

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Sela out by not down after Australian Open elimination

January 26, 2016

Dudi Sela missed out on a place in the last 16 of the Australian Open after bowing out in four sets against Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia.

Having seen off Fernando Verdasco – conquerer of Rafael Nadal – in round two, the Israeli produced a spirited performance before going down 7-5, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6.

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Schwartzman forced to retire at Australian Open

By Danny Caro, January 21, 2016

Diego Schwartzman was forced to retire with severe cramping against local favourite John Millman.

The pint-sized Argentinian player had doubled up in agony due to heat exhaustion amid searing 30 degrees-plus temperatures.

He was placed in a wheelchair before being stretchered off the court and was taken to the Melbourne Park medical centre for treatment.

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Rubin will learn from Australian Open experience

By Danny Caro, January 21, 2016

Noah Rubin admits there is a long way to go after bowing out of the Australian Open in the second round against Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Rubin, 19, had recorded his first grand slam win over a top 100-ranked player after stunning 17th-seeded Benoit Paire with a straight sets victory on the opening day in Melbourne.

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Sela storms into round three at Australian Open

By Danny Caro, January 21, 2016

Dudi Sela roared into the third round of the Australian Open with a stunning victory over Fernando Verdasco - the man who knocked out Rafael Nadal.

The Israeli no. 1 followed up his comfortable first-round win over Benjamin Becker with an outstanding performance to strengthen his hopes of reaching this year's Olympic Games in Rio.

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