Tennis

Peer looking for fresh start

By Simon Griver, April 1, 2011

Shahar Peer has sacked coach Craig Kardon after just seven months.

The split came as a surprise as Kardon, who used to train Martina Navratilova, had taken Peer to within a whisker of the top 10 for the first time in her career. Kardon was 23-year-old Peer's eighth coach.

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Peer set for top 10

By Danny Caro, March 16, 2011

Shahar Peer is set to enter the top 10 for the first time in her career after beating world number five Francesca Schiavone of Italy in round four of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

The Israeli is due to play Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer (25) in the quarter-finals.

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Israel back for Davis Cup playoffs

By Simon Griver, March 10, 2011

Israel booked their place in the Davis Cup World Group playoffs after beating Poland at Ramat Hasharon.

They moved into an unassailable 3-0 lead before Poland won the two dead-rubbers in the singles.

Having only been relegated from the World Group last year, Israel will be seeded in the strong half of the 16 nation draw in July.

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Israel close in on Davis Cup World Group return

By Danny Caro, March 7, 2011

Israel booked their place in the the Davis Cup World Group Playoffs after clinching an unassailable 3-0 lead over Poland at Ramat Hasharon.

The hosts got off to a flying start when Dudi Sela eased past Marcin Gawron in straight sets - 6-1, 6-3, 6-4.

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Dudi Sela: It's advantage Israel

By Simon Griver, March 3, 2011

Davis Cup: Dudi Sela says home support is the key as Israel looks to return to the top 16 World Group at the first attempt.

Sela will be joined by debutant Amir Weintraub (257) and doubles specialists Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich when they host Poland in a European/Africa Zone A tie at Ramat Hasharon, starting today.

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Peer turns on Israeli supporters

By Simon Griver, February 10, 2011

Shahar Peer was involved in an angry exchange with disappointed fans after Israel failed to return to the Federation Cup World Group, finishing fifth in the 15-team Europe/Africa Group A tournament in Eilat.

Peer said: "Would it make them happy if I stopped representing Israel? Where would the country be then? We lost to Poland who were a very tough team."

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Peer nearing top 10

By Simon Griver, February 3, 2011

Shahar Peer has moved up to a career high ranking of 11 after reaching the third round of the Australian Open.

Peer, 23, would have entered the top 10 but for Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska, previously ranked 14, who climbed above her after reaching the quarter-finals in Melbourne.

The pair will meet at the Federation Cup in Eilat later this week. The Polish delegation sent Agnieszka to the tournament following the withdrawal of her sister, Urszula (201), who withdrew through injury.

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Israel targets world tennis group

By Simon Griver, January 27, 2011

Israel will have high hopes of returning to the world group of the Federation Cup when many of the world's top ladies travel from the Australian Open to Eilat for the Europe/Africa Zone Group playoffs starting on Wednesday.

World number one Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark will lead a cast of 18 of the top 100 WTA players that includes Israel's Shahar Peer and Britain's Elena Baltacha.

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Peer crashes out in round three

By Danny Caro, January 24, 2011

Shahar Peer tumbled out of the Australian Open at the third round stage, going down in three sets against 22nd seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy.

Seeded 10, Peer won the first set 6-3, but she failed to capitalise on a set-point in the second, eventually losing 6-7 (3-7), 4-6 in Melbourne.

Israeli participation at the event came to an early close after Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich, who won doubles title here in 2008, were knocked out in the second round.

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Dudi Sela upbeat despite Australian Open defeat

By James Masters, January 20, 2011

Dudi Sela insists he can break into the world's top 50 – despite crashing out of the Australian Open in the first round.

The Israeli number one was beaten in straight sets by Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro after failing to convert a set point in the opener.

But Sela says his level of performance against the former US Open champion has given him plenty of optimism for the year ahead.

"I hope I can break into the top 50 but it's not easy because there are a lot of good players," said Sela.

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