Tennis

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Shahar Peer has withdrawn from her scheduled tournaments for the remainder of the year after being diagnosed with a stress fracture of her back.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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The Bernstein-factor would go down a treat

By Danny Caro, October 6, 2011

FA chairman David Bernstein told me earlier this week that he's planning to visit Rowley Lane.

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Rivals see red over Cup payout

By Simon Griver, October 6, 2011

Two of Israel's leading tennis stars almost came to blows over a pay dispute ahead of Israel's Davis Cup match against Canada.

Dudi Sela and Andy Ram had to be pulled apart after it was discovered that the Israel Tennis Association (ITA) had agreed to pay Sela $30,000 for playing in the World Group promotion playoff at Ramat Hasharon, while Ram and the rest of the team received $22,000.

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Israel beaten in Davis Cup playoff

By Danny Caro, September 20, 2011

Israel failed to return to the Davis Cup group stage after going down 3-2 in a promotion playoff against Canada at Ramat Hasharon.

The match got off to a bad start for Israel when top seed Dudi Sela (96) was beaten in a five-set thriller against Vasek Pospisil (124).

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Ram: Israel can succeed

By Simon Griver, September 15, 2011

Israel will be looking to return to the Davis Cup World Group at the first attempt when they entertain Canada in a promotion playoff at Ramat Hasharon.

Dudi Sela (96), Amir Weintraub (182) and doubles partners Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich will start as underdogs against Milos Raonic (31), Vasek Pospisil (124) and doubles specialist Daniel Nestor but the omens look favourable for an upset.

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Starlets have excelled but only one can win this race

By Danny Caro, September 8, 2011

Maccabi GB have unveiled the shortlist for this year's Sports Awards.

A high-class list of nine features in the JC Junior Sportsperson award when long-distance runner Richard Goodman will be looking to retain his crown.

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Sela bows out against Federer

By Danny Caro, September 2, 2011

Dudi Sela put in a spirited performance before bowing out of the US Open – going down in down straight sets against Roger Federer.

Sela was left chasing shadows on the Ashe Stadium, succumbing 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 in 77 minutes.

“I had no chance against his serve, zero chance. "That's what's what I felt. Every point was so fast,” said Sela after his second round defeat.

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Peer passes first hurdle

By Danny Caro, September 1, 2011

Shahar Peer is safely through to round two after beating former doubles partner Sania Mirza in the ladies singles at Flushing Meadows.

Victory came as a relief for Peer who had crashed out in the first round at Wimbledon and the French Open earlier this year.

Peer, 24, bounced back after losing a first-set tie-break to win 6-7, 6-3, 6-1.

A meeting with former world No.

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