Tennis

Sela on track for Olympics

By Simon Griver, March 8, 2012

Dudi Sela moved a step closer towards qualifying for the London Olympics after reaching the semi-final of the Delray Beach International in Florida.

The Israeli has climbed to 63 in the ATP rankings following a successful run that saw him beat Finland's Jarrko Nieminen (43) and Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber (32) to reach his first ATP semi-final since January 2010.

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Dubai cheer for Shahar

By Simon Griver, February 23, 2012

Shahar Peer was given a wild card entry into the Dubai Championships three years after being excluded from the competition after the UAE refused her a visa.

Drawn against Fatma Al Nabhani (557) from Oman, the other wild card entry, in the opening round, the local media billed the game as Israel versus the Arab world.

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Federation Cup failure for Israel

By Simon Griver, February 7, 2012

Israel failed to take advantage of playing at home in the Federation Cup European Group qualifiers in Eilat, as they missed out on a place in the World Group playoffs.

Defeats against Britain and Portugal meant that a victory over Holland counted for nothing.

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Peer keen to impress

By Simon Griver, January 26, 2012

Shahar Peer will be looking to get over her disappointment at the Australian Open by steering Israel to victory in the Federation Cup.

Peer tumbled out in the second round in Melbourne, going down 6-1, 6-2 against 14th seed Sabine Lisicki of Germany.

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Peer crashes out in round two Melbourne

By Danny Caro, January 19, 2012

Israel's involvement in the singles competition at the Australian Open ended in round two as Shahar Peer was comfortably beaten in Melbourne.

Having breezed past Isabella Holland in straight sets in round one, Peer was outclassed by 14th seed Sabine Lisicki of Germany, losing 6-2 6-1.

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Peer powers into round two in Melbourne

By Danny Caro, January 17, 2012

Shahar Peer will face 14th seed Sabine Lisicki of Germany after breezing through the first round at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Shahar Peer eased past first-round opponent Isabella Holland of Australia 6-2, 6-0.

Dudi Sela tumbled out of the men’s singles with a straight sets defeat against Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil.

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Peer ready to hit back

By Simon Griver, January 12, 2012

Shahar Peer is determined to put in a strong performance at next week's Australian Open.

Peer is looking to regain the form that saw her reach number 11 in the WTA rankings last year.

The Israeli has slipped to 37 and needs to match her performance in Melbourne last year - when she reached the third round - to halt the slide.

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Olympics will be ace

By Simon Griver, January 5, 2012

Dudi Sela began his quest to qualify for a place at London 2012 in style with an impressive 6-0, 6-1 win over world number 48 Fabio Fognini.

The Israeli, ranked 85, needed just 59 minutes to finish off his Italian opponent in the first round of the Chennai Open in India.

Sela is still way off from equalling his career-best ranking of 29, which he reached back in 2009, and must return to th

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2012 dream on for Sela

By Simon Griver, November 24, 2011

Dudi Sela boosted his chances of playing at the 2012 London Olympics after reaching the final of the Challenger Tour Finals in Sao Paulo.

A series of strong performances from the Israeli have seen him climb 11 places to finish the season 83rd in the world rankings.

Israel's Olympic Committee will pick Sela for the London Games only if he reaches the top 50.

Having beaten Thomaz Bellucci (

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Pain game for Shahar

By Simon Griver, October 11, 2011

Shahar Peer has withdrawn from her scheduled tournaments for the remainder of the year after being diagnosed with a stress fracture of her back.

Peer has had a wretched year.

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