Tennis

Peer on course for Wimbledon after scare

By Danny Caro, June 24, 2015

Shahar Peer remains on course to reach the main draw of the Ladies Singles at Wimbledon, but only after a scare in the first round of the qualifiers.

Ranked 120 in the world, Peer lost the opening set against Yuliya Beygelzimer, who is 51 places below her in the WTA rankings, but recovered well to win the second set 6-4.

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Weintraub and Glushko out of Wimbledon

By Danny Caro, June 23, 2015

Amir Weintraub’s Wimbledon dream is over for another year after going down in the first round of the qualifiers.

The Israeli went down in straight sets against Bjorn Fratangelo of America in less than an hour.

There was also disappointment for Julia Glushko who fell in similar fashion at the AEGON Open.

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Paris wins first Senior title

June 12, 2015

Josh Paris won his first senior title after claiming the Israel F7 Futures event.

Paris, who is 19 and lives in Highgate, teamed up with Ben Patael to win the Men’s Doubles crown at Kfar Maccabiah in Ramat Gan.

Competing in his first ITF doubles tournament, Paris and Patael beat the first, third and fourth seeded pairings on their way to victory.

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Lennie, 85, still winning

June 5, 2015

Lennie Lawrence won the Men’s Singles title for players aged 85 and over at the British Hard-court Championships in Bournemouth.

Lawrence, who is President of Chandos Tennis Club, beat second seed Adrian Alle from Australia 6-4, 6-2 in the final.

John Barnett and Leo Fattal were edged out by the top seeds and current world champions in the over-75 Men’s Doubles event.

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Sela tumbles out of French Open

By Danny Caro, May 27, 2015

Dudi Sela bowed out of the Men’s Singles at the second round stage following a straight sets defeat against Wilfred Tsonga at the French Open.

A first-round winner over Mikhail Kukushkin, Sela gave an excellent account in a tight first set before Tsonga broke serve to take the set 6-4.

The Frenchman stepped up a gear in sets two and three to complete a straight sets (6-1, 6-1) victory.

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Sela sets up Tsonga clash

May 25, 2015

Dudi Sela will meet Wilfred Tsonga in the second round of the French Open following an impressive victory over Mikhail Kukushkin.

The Israeli (89) reached the second time at Roland Garros for only the second time following his 7-6 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory over Kukushkin, who is ranked 32 places above him in the rankings.

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GB tennis stars looking for net gains

May 19, 2015

Victor Kevehazi is confident Team Maccabi GB can continue their rich tennis tradition at July's European Maccabi Games in Berlin.

A total of 41 athletes will represent the tennis squad, from Juniors through to Masters. They will be led by James Vaughan (Juniors), Nick Baum (Open) and Kenny Collins and Stephen Joseph (Masters), with Kevehazi overseeing them as Tennis Chair.

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Peer given new hope

By Simon Griver, May 1, 2015

Shahar Peer has appointed Eric Van Harpen as her new coach after winning the ITF Istanbul tournament – her first competition victory in two years.

She beat Czech Kristyna Pliskova (129) in a close fought final and rises to 119 in the WTA rankings, although the win is not enough to secure automatic qualification for the main draws at the French Open and Wimbledon.

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Basilashvili wins Israel Open

By Simon Griver, April 14, 2015

The £85,000 Electra Israel Open in Ra’anana, the most expensive tennis tournament held in Israel in more than 20 years, was won by Nikolov Basilashvili.

The unseeded Georgian beat second seed, Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the final.

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Turkish delight for Sela

By Simon Griver, April 13, 2015

Dudi Sela was rewarded for a series of excellent performances with victory at the Batman Challenger Tournament in Turkey.

His run culminated in a 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 victory over top seed Blaz Kavcic (77) in the final.

The win sees Sela climb 19 places to 93 in the ATP rankings and guarantee qualification for the main draw in next month's French Open, and almost certainly at Wimbledon too.

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