Tennis

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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Peer ousted by Williams at US Open

By Danny Caro, September 6, 2010

A brave display from Shahar Peer was not enough to stop Venus Williams from powering through their fourth round clash at Flushing Meadows.

Seeded 16 at the US Open, Peer succumbed to third seed 6-7, 3-6 as she suffered her sixth straight defeat against the collusus.

Peer broke Venus Williams to lead 3-2 in the first set but failed to hold her serve before losing 7-3 in the tie-break.

The Israeli was encouraged by her performance in New Tork, and will also take encouragement from a third round 6-4, 6-4 victory over 19th seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy.

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Erlich leaves Ram doubled up at US Open

By Danny Caro, September 3, 2010

Jonathan Erlich got the better of compatriot and former playing partner Andy Ram to reach the second round of the men’s doubles at Flushing Meadows.

Together with Jordan Kerr of Australian, Erlich won 7-5, 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (11-9) to stun the 8th seeds.

The result looks to have jeopardised Ram and Julian Knowle’s hopes of playing at the London Masters in November.

Having progressed to the third round of the ladies singles, Shahar Peer teamed up with Monica Niculescu to reach round two of the doubles. Seeded 13, they beat Michaella Krakicek and Marie Eve Pelletier in straight sets.

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Peer eases into round three at US Open

By Danny Caro, September 2, 2010

Shahar Peer has reached the third round of the US Open after beating Pauline Parmentier in straight sets in the ladies singles.

Having accounted for Jelena Kostanic Tosic in her opener, Peer, seeded 16, eased home 6-2, 6-3 in just over an hour on Court 13.

Peer will meet 19th seed Flavia Panetta of Italy in the third round with Venus Williams a potential opponent in round four.

Dudi Sela made an impressive start in the men’s singles. He surprised Xavier Malisse (50) 7-6, 7-5, 6-2 on Court 7, serving seven aces in the process.

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Peer made to sweat in US Open

By Danny Caro, August 31, 2010

Shahar Peer made hard work of beating Jelena Kostanic Tosic to reach the second round of the US Open.

Seeded 16, Peer had her serve broken twice in the first set against the Croatian, who is ranked 1033 in the world, before finally prevailing 7-5.

The Israeli also looked unconvincing in the second set before winning 6-4 for a straight sets victory.

She will need to improve her form if she wants to go further at Flushing Meadows although she has a relatively easy second round tie against Pauline Parmentier of France, 105 in the WTA rankings.

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Shahar Peer gets US Open boost

By Simon Griver, August 26, 2010

Shahar Peer has benefited from the absence of Serena Williams and Justine Henin and will be seeded 16 at the US Open starting on Monday.

Having slipped four places to 18 in the WTA rankings, Peer along with compatriot Dudi Sela will be looking to revive their flagging fortunes

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Shahar Peer training with Navratilova coach for US Open

By Simon Griver, August 12, 2010

Shahar Peer has enlisted the help of Martina Navratilova's former coach ahead of her US Open campaign later this month.

The 23-year-old Israeli began training last week with Craig Kardon, a top coach who has also previously worked with Jennifer Capriati and most recently Anna Ivanovic.

Kardon will begin working permanently with Peer after the US Open if the partnership proves productive. Peer's declared target is to reach the world's top ten.

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