Tennis

Sela upbeat ahead of Australian Open

By Danny Caro, January 10, 2014

Dudi Sela goes into the Australian Open full of confidence having rediscovered his finest form.

Sela won the Israeli Open last month and is determined to put a poor run at grand slam competitions behind him as he looks to impress in Melbourne.

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Fichman wins first WTA title

By Danny Caro, January 10, 2014

Sharon Fichman claimed her first success on the WTA Tour with victory in the Ladies Doubles at the ASB Classic in Auckland.

Fichman, 23, teamed up with American partner Maria Sanchez to beat third seeds Lucie Hradecka and Michaella Krajicek in the final.

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Sela wins, but girls crash out

By Simon Griver, January 6, 2014

Israel’s Dudi Sela began the new season with an impressive straight sets victory over Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko at the Chennai Open in India. Sela, 73 in the ATP rankings, beat Lacko, ranked 81, 6-4, 6-2.

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Tough test looms for Israeli stars

By Simon Griver, November 4, 2013

Jonathan Erlich says Israel has a tough task after being drawn away to the winners of the Portugal and Slovenia tie in the second round of the Davis Cup Europe/Africa Group 1.

As one of the four seeded teams in the Group, Israel was handed a bye in the first round and will play the second round tie over the weekend of April 4 next year.

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Sela claim third success of the year

By Simon Griver, October 21, 2013

Dudi Sela has risen to 68 in the world rankings after winning the Tashkent Challenger.

Sela, 28, claimed his third title of the year after beating Teymuraz Gabashvili in straight sets in the final. The Israeli beat top seed Lukas Lacko in the semis.

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Sela sorry for Davis Cup performance

By Simon Griver, September 18, 2013

Dudi Sela has apologised for his woeful performance as Israel missed out on a place in the Davis Cup World Group following a 3-2 defeat against Belgium.

Sela lost both his matches as Israel failed to capitalise on a 2-1 advantage, with the hosts winning the final two matches of the playoff to progress.

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Belgium shatters Israel's Davis Cup dream

By Danny Caro, September 15, 2013

Israel succumbed 3-2 to Belgium in their Davis Cup playoff tie on Sunday.

Leading 2-1 thanks to victories for Amir Weintraub and Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich in the doubles, the visitors lost both reverse singles match, with Weintraub unable to produce his first match heroics.

There was more disappointment for Dudi Sela who was beaten 7-5, 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 by Ruben Bemelmans.

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Weintraub hauls Israel back into Davis Cup tie

September 13, 2013

A superb performance by world no. 184 Amir Weintraub ensured that all is still to play for in Israel’s Davis Cup playoff tie against Belgium.

Weintraub was excellent as he defeated Belgian Ruben Bemelmans in a five-set thriller lasting just over four hours.

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We'll show we can play on clay, says Ran

September 12, 2013

Eyal Ran says Israel must focus on their game rather than the conditions when they take on Belgium in a Davis Cup playoff tie, starting today.

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New names, new hope for year ahead

By Danny Caro, September 4, 2013

Israeli sport has taken a right old battering over the past year or so but at long last the clouds are starting to lift.

Julia Glushko’s run at the US Open has given the nation much hope following the poor showing at the London Olympics last year.

There’s also Yarden Gerbi who looks to be a real medal contender for the Rio Games in 2016. I doubt a world title has been won any faster.

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