Tennis

Israelis handed tough draw at Wimbledon

By Danny Caro, June 18, 2010

Shahar Peer’s hopes of reaching the world’s top 10 received a blow when she was given a tough first round match against former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic at Wimbledon.

Seeded 13 for the grand slam, which starts on Monday, Peer will be looking to avoid her second consecutive first-round defeat following her elimination from the ATP AEGON tournament at Eastbourne.

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Peer aims for top 10 finish at Wimbledon

By Simon Griver, June 17, 2010

In-form Shahar Peer goes into Wimbledon knowing that a good performance could take her into the world's top 10 for the first time.

Ranked at a career high of 14, Peer had the worst possible preparation for next week's grand slam when she tumbled out in the first round at the ATP AEGON tournament at Eastbourne to China's Zheng Jie (26).

This was Peer's first defeat in the opening round of a competition this year.

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Kosher Wimbledon

By Jessica Elgot, June 17, 2010

Strawberries and parev cream will be among the more traditional offerings from a kosher café for Jewish tennis fans during Wimbledon.

It will be the second year for the Chabad of South London Campuses' venture, offering barbecue items, takeaway sandwiches, baked potatoes and homemade brownies from the Wimbledon Golf Club car park.

The location is a familiar one to those who queue for tickets and the café will operate from midday until the end of play.

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Doubles delight for Erlich at Queens

By Danny Caro, June 14, 2010

Israel’s Jonathan Erlich amd Serbia’s Novak Djokovic captured the doubles title at the AEGON Championships at Queens.

Playing together for the first time, they defeated Karol Beck & David Skoch 6-7, 6-2, 10-3 in the final.

Victory marked Djokovic’s first doubles crown on the ATP World Tour while for Erlich, it was his first doubles title since he teamed with countryman Andy Ram to win at Indian Wells in 2008.

Erlich said: “I’m very excited. I’d been waiting to win that title for a long time, for two years.

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Sela stuns Roddick at Queens

By Simon Griver, June 10, 2010

Dudi Sela upset fourth seed Andy Roddick 6-4, 7-6 to reach the men’s singles quarter-finals at Queens.

Sela, who has slipped to 63 in the ATP rankings, has had a dreadful year so far but suddenly came good on the grass against the world's No. 7 player. Sela will play German veteran Rainer Schuettler (82) in the last eight.

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Peer set to be 'best ever' Israeli tennis player

By Simon Griver, June 3, 2010

Shahar Peer is set to become the highest-ever ranked Israeli tennis player after reaching the fourth round of the French Open.

A straight-sets defeat against top seed Serena Williams could not dampen a week where Peer will move up to 14 in the WTA rankings, surpassing Anna Smashnova's best ranking of 15, and her own career high of 15 achieved in January 2007.

Seeded 18, Peer played superb tennis to beat 13th seed Marion Bartoli 7-6, 6-2 in the third round but could not repeat the performance against Williams who won 6-2, 6-2 in 67 minutes.

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Peer knocked out by Williams

By Danny Caro, June 1, 2010

Shahar Peer’s run at the French Open was halted at the fourth round stage by top seed Serena Williams.

Having accounted for qualifiers Nuria Llagostera Vives and Bethanie Mattek, Peer caused one of the upsets of the competition when she eliminated 13th seed Marion Bartoli in straight sets in the third round, but she was unable to repeat her heroics against the 2002 winner.

Peer was beaten 6-2, 6-2 in 57 minutes at Roland Garros. Seeded 18, Peer, 23, was not helped by four double faults and 21 unforced errors.

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Peer recovers to reach round three at French Open

By Danny Caro, May 28, 2010

Shahar Peer has reached the third round of the French Open after coming from a set down to beat American qualifier Bethanie Mattek.

Seeded 18 at Roland Garros, Peer made a sluggish start, going down 6-3 in the opener.

The Israeli powered back to win the next two sets for the loss of one game, breaking Mattek’s serve seven times.

Tougher opposition is expected in the next round with Peer facing 13th seed Marion Bartoli or Olivia Sanchez

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Peer reaches round two at French Open

By Simon Griver, May 26, 2010

Shahar Peer had an easy straight sets victory against Nuria Llagostera Vives (205) in the first round of the French Open.

Seeded 18, the Israeli took just 24 minutes to win the first set 6-1 against the Spanish qualifier. Peer met more stubborn resistance in the second set, which she eventually won 6-4 in 45 minutes.

Peer is scheduled to play another qualifier - Bethanie Mattek-Sands (125) of the US - in the second round. Assuming it goes to the formbook, Peer would go into a potential third round clash against 13th seed Marion Bartoli of France as the underdog.

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Peer: I can win French Open

By Simon Griver, May 21, 2010

Shahar Peer believes that she can win the French Open, which begins in Paris on Monday.

Peer said: "I come to every tournament believing I can win it. In sport everything is possible. I am playing my most consistent ever tennis and I've reached the semi-finals of two really big tournaments this year in Spain and Dubai, but I'll need a bit of luck and a good draw."

Peer, 23, arrives at Roland Garros in confident mood after reaching the semi-finals of the Spanish Open where she beat the reigning French Open champion Svetlana Kuztnetsova - her fifth victory over a top 10 player this year.

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