Tennis

Israel given Davis Cup boost

May 11, 2010

Israel’s chance of remaining in the Davis Cup World Group were given a boost today after being handed a relatively easy draw at home to Austria in September’s relegation playoff.

Dudi Sela (57) and Harel Levy (125) and doubles specialists Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich will be pitted against Jurgen Melzer (30) Daniel Koellerer (107) and Stefan Koubek (117).

Home advantage on the hard courts of Israel will make this an evenly balanced contest against the Austrians who prefer clay courts.

The tie will start a day early on September 16 to avoid playing on Yom Kippur.

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Peer reaches round 4 at Indian Wells

March 16, 2010

Shahar Peer is through to the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells after beating ninth seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6-4, 6-7, 6-1.

The Israeli, seeded 17 in the competition will play world No. 9 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia late tonight for a place in the quarter-finals.

In the men’s doubles, Andy Ram and Michael Llodra are into the quarter finals after the Serbian duo of Viktor Troicki and Janko Tipsarevic withdrew from their second round match.

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Dudi Sela returns to form in Indian Wells

March 15, 2010

Dudi Sela returned to form with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 victory over 14th seed Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open Masters at Indian Wells.

The win set up a third round match against 18th seed Tommy Robredo of Argentina who the Israeli beat in the third round at Wimbledon last year.

In the first round in Indian Wells, Sela beat Jesse Levine 6-2, 6-2. This is easily Sela's best performance in 2010. The Israeli's slump in form prior to this week saw him slip down to 72 in the ATP rankings from a high of 29 last summer.

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Playoff looms for Israel after Chile defeat

By Simon Griver, March 9, 2010

Israel faces a World Group relegation play-off in September after losing 4-1 to Chile in the Davis Cup first round.

Israel will not know its opponents until after the second round matches in the Europe/Africa Group are completed on May 9.

In a match that started 24 hours late in Conquimbo due to the recent earthquake, Israel was always on the back foot. Both Dudi Sela (66) and Harel Levy (118) won the first sets in their respective matches against Nicolas Massu (92) and Fernando Gonzalez (10) but were each eventually downed by three sets to one.

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Israel still in Davis Cup contention

March 8, 2010

Israel's Davis Cup chances are hanging by a thread after they went into the final day of their tie against Chile 2-1 down.

Having lost the first two singles rubbers, Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich gave Israel a lifeline by earning a thrilling five-set victory.

They fought back for a 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (11-9), 2-6, 6-1, 6-0 victory over Jorge Aguilar and Paul Capdeville.

The final two games are later this afternoon.

Ram said: "The six years experience that Yoni and I have playing together allowed us to remain cool even when we looked like we weren't in the picture.

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Israel’s Davis Cup tie goes ahead in Chile

By Simon Griver, March 2, 2010

Davis Cup organisers have confirmed that Israel’s Davis Cup World Group match in Chile go ahead as scheduled despite last week’s devastating earthquake.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) insisted that the tie geso ahead and even chartered a plane to bring the Israelis to Chile on Tuesday. The Israeli team was en route to Chile last weekend when the quake struck but the flight was rerouted to Miami.

Israel had planned to spend the week practicing on clay courts, although Chile's plans have been equally disrupted with their star players arriving home later than scheduled.

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Top 15 is the next target for Shahar Peer

By Simon Griver, February 25, 2010

Shahar Peer has risen to 20 in the world rankings after her best-ever performance in a major tournament last week.

Despite stifling security measures to protect her, Peer reached the semi-finals of the Barclays Dubai Championships, one of the biggest non-grand slam tournaments, with victories that included top seed Caroline Wozniacki, world No. 10 Li Na and No. 15 Yanina Wickmayer, before succumbing to eventual tournament winner Venus Williams. She had gone into the tournament without a victory over a top 20 player since last March.

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Team GB name 35-man squad for JCC Games

By Danny Caro, February 22, 2010

Following a successful trip to San Francisco last year, Maccabi GB has selected a 35-man squad that will travel to Denver for the 2010 JCC Maccabi Games in August.

Team GB has participated in the event for 16 consecutive years with more than 1,000 young people taking part in the largest event for Jewish teen athletes in the world.

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Peer into Dubai semis

By Marcus Dysch, February 18, 2010

Shahar Peer has continued her sensational run at the Barclays Dubai Championships with a quarter final victory over China’s Li Na.

Leading 7-5 3-0, the Israeli advanced after Chinese player Na, world number 10, retired injured.

Peer, ranked 12 places lower than her opponent, has been making impressive progress in the tournament from which she was excluded last year when the UAE refused to grant her a visa.

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Peer reaches round 3 in Dubai

By Danny Caro, February 16, 2010

Shahar Peer is into the third round at the Dubai Open following an easy victory this morning over 24th seed Virginie Razzano.

Having beaten Yanina Wickmayer in round one, Peer, ranked 22 in the world, beat Razzano of France 6-2, 6-2 in just 64 minutes.

The Israeli is scheduled to face either Danish No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki or Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova tomorrow's.

She has also the second round of the ladies doubles where she partners Kazakhstan's Galina Voskoboeva.

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