Tennis

Defeated Peer keeps climbing

January 6, 2011

Shahar Peer will rise to a career high of 12th in the WTA rankings despite crashing out of the first tournament of 2011.

Seeded second at the Brisbane International, Peer brushed aside Australian wild card entry Sophie Ferguson (122) in the first round but was beaten in three sets by Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic in round two.

The Israeli will be particularly upset at squandering a 5-2 lead and match point in the third set against Safarova.

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Peer odds on for top 10 place

By Simon Griver, December 29, 2010

Shahar Peer begins the 2011 season at the Brisbane International tournament on Sunday, looking a great bet to move into the top ten during January.

Having climbed from 30 in the WTA rankings to a career high of 13, the 24-year-old Israeli is set to scale new heights. She will overtake Elena Dementieva (9), who has officially retired, and Serena Williams (4), who is out due to injury, in the next few weeks. Justine Henin (12), who is only 50 points ahead of Peer, has pulled out of Brisbane to play the Hotman Cup

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Shahar Peer: I'm not playing at ASB Classic tournament

December 6, 2010

Shahar Peer will not compete in next month's ASB Classic tournament in Auckland for the first time since she turned professional.

Peer has been the focus of disruptive anti-Israel protests in New Zealand in recent years. But her spokesman and brother, Shlomi Peer, insists that she has not been deterred by the demonstrators but now ranked 13, has outgrown the tournament and will instead begin her 2011 campaign at the Brisbane International.

Julia Glushko has won the ITF Challenger event in Traralgon, Australia.

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World elite to visit Eilat

By Simon Griver, November 11, 2010

World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka (10) will lead a galaxy of top female stars when the Federation Cup Europe Group One tournament is held in Israel early next year.

The International Tennis Federation has awarded the 16-team competition to Eilat, which will include Denmark, Belarus and Israel.

Sixteen nations will be divided into four groups with the winners of the round robin tournament from each group playing in semi-finals. The two semi-final winners will move onto promotion/relegations playoffs for the Federation Cup World Group.

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Shahar Peer nears world tennis elite

By Simon Griver, October 14, 2010

Shahar Peer has moved up to a career high of 13 in the latest WTA rankings.

Peer climbed five places after reaching the semi-finals of the China Open in Beijing where she lost 5-7, 2-6 to world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. Peer, 23, reached 14 earlier this year and believes that it is a matter of time before she achieves her target of reaching the word's top 10.

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Israel to face Poland in Davis Cup

By Danny Caro, September 27, 2010

Israel have been drawn at home to Poland in the second round of next year’s Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group 1.

Both teams received a bye in the first round but will play the tie on the date scheduled for the first round - the weekend of March 4, 2011.

The winners will move onto the promotion playoff for the World Group in September.

The tie is set to be held at the Ramat Hasharon Tennis Centre after disappointing attendances at the much larger Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv last week when Israel lost 3-2 to Austria and were relegated from the World Group after three years.

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Israel suffer Davis Cup relegation

By Danny Caro, September 20, 2010

Israel have been relegated from the Davis Cup World Group after going down 3-2 to Austria at the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv.

Having rubbed shoulders with the top nations for three years, Israel were unable to capatilise on a 2-1 advantage going into the two reverse single rubbers.

Israel got off to a flyer in the opening rubber with Dudi Sela

However, Austria levelled the tie when world No. 13 Jurgen Melzer eased past Sela (85) in straight sets. Israel’s fate was sealed when a tiring Levy (223) capitulated against Martin Fischer (134) in the decisive rubber.

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Israel suffer Davis Cup relegation

By Danny Caro, September 20, 2010

Israel have been relegated from the Davis Cup World Group after going down 3-2 to Austria at the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv.

Having rubbed shoulders with the top nations for three years, Israel were unable to capatilise on a 2-1 advantage going into the two reverse single rubbers.

Israel got off to a flyer in the opening rubber with Dudi Sela

However, Austria levelled the tie when world No. 13 Jurgen Melzer eased past Sela (85) in straight sets. Israel’s fate was sealed when a tiring Levy (223) capitulated against Martin Fischer (134) in the decisive rubber.

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Israel suffer Davis Cup relegation

By Danny Caro, September 20, 2010

Israel have been relegated from the Davis Cup World Group after going down 3-2 to Austria at the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv.

Having rubbed shoulders with the top nations for three years, Israel were unable to capatilise on a 2-1 advantage going into the two reverse single rubbers.

Israel got off to a flyer in the opening rubber with Dudi Sela

However, Austria levelled the tie when world No. 13 Jurgen Melzer eased past Sela (85) in straight sets. Israel’s fate was sealed when a tiring Levy (223) capitulated against Martin Fischer (134) in the decisive rubber.

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Israel's David Cup hopes

By Simon Griver, September 7, 2010

Dudi Sela is confident Israel can beat Austria in next week's Davis Cup World Group relegation playoff.

Having bowed out of the US Open in the second round against 12th seed Mikhael Youzhny, Sela has high hopes ahead of the match at the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv.

"If we play good tennis then I think the crowd will make the difference in our favour," Sela said.

The crucial tie will start a day early to allow Israel's players to observe Yom Kippur. Ian Froman, the head of the Israeli Tennis Federation confirmed that there will be "a 24-hour break".

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