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.


Giorgi ousted in round four at US Open

By Danny Caro, September 3, 2013

Camila Giorgi's excellent run at the US Open ended at the fourth round stage as she was comfortably beaten by compatriot and 10th seed Roberta Vinci at Flushing Meadows.

Having beaten former no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in round three, the Italian was swept aside 6-2, 6-4 in 67 minutes by Vinci who will meet Flavia Pennetta in the quarter-finals.


Glushko bows out in round three

By Danny Caro, September 1, 2013

Julia Glushko's thrilling run at the US Open ended in round three as she was edged out in a three-set thriller against Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia.

The Israeli star was reflected to reflect on a missed opportunity as she failed to capitalise on four match points at Flushing Meadows.


Glushko continues to impress at US Open

By Danny Caro, August 30, 2013

Julia Glushko will break into the world's top 100 after reaching the third round at the US Open at Flushing Meadow.

The Israeli overcame America's Sachia Vickery 7-5, 6-3 to set up a match against Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia.

Italy's Camila Giorgi is also through to round three after beating Hsieh Su-Wei 6-4, 7-6. The win sets up a meeting with sixth seed Caroline Wozniacki.


Glushko stuns Petrova at US Open

By Simon Griver, August 28, 2013

Julia Glushko (128) won her first-ever grand slam match and dumped 20th seed Nadia Petrova out of the US Open in straight sets in the first round at Flushing Meadow.

The Israeli overpowered the Russian and former world no. 3 to record the finest victory of her career and set up a second round tie against US qualifier Sachia Vickery (238).


Sela off to a flyer at US Open

By Danny Caro, August 27, 2013

Dudi Sela advanced into the second round of the US Open with a superb five-sets victory over Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia.

Sela, who qualified for the tournament automatically, produced an heroic performance to win a four-hour marathon at Flushing Meadow.

America’s Michael Russell bowed out in straight sets against eighth seed Richard Gasquet.


US Open woe for Peer

By Danny Caro, August 21, 2013

Shahar Peer’s Grand Slam misery continued after she crashed out of the US Open in the first round of qualifiers.

Having failed to reach the main stages at Wimbledon, Peer, who was the top seed in the women’s qualifying draw, cut a forlorn figure as she was beaten in straight sets by Ksenia Pervak.


The non-Jewish brigade who lifted Team GB

By Danny Caro, August 19, 2013

Just over a year ago David Nash began his association as a cricket coach with Maccabi GB by promising "to bring home the bacon".

It was perhaps not the most diplomatic expression to use in the circumstances, but the sentiment was well meant and in the end proved to be correct.


I almost quit tennis, says Peer

By Simon Griver, August 19, 2013

In the wake of winning her first tournament in four years and returning to the top 100, Shahar Peer has confessed that she has considered retirement in recent months.


Israeli dream team make it a double

By Simon Griver, August 19, 2013

Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich are gearing up for the US Open in the best possible way by winning their second successive men’s doubles tournament at the Comerica Bank Challenger in Aptos, California.

The Israeli duo beat Australia’s Chris Guccione and Matt Reid 6-3, 7-6 in the final to continure an eight-game
winning streak and add to last week’s Vancouver Open title.