Tennis

Levine out of Wimbledon

By Danny Caro, June 24, 2010

Jesse Levine was unable to repeat his heroics of last year although he took 22nd seed Feliciano Lopez to four sets on Court 14.
Having qualified for the main draw as one of seven lucky losers, Levine, 22, said: "I played well but at the crucial moments, he came up with some big shots. It was a tough match but I felt like a did a good job."

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Peer crashes out in round two

By Laura Stadler, June 23, 2010

Shahar Peer suffered a shock second round elimination at the hands of Angelique Kerber on Wednesday afternoon.

Having accounted for former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic in the opening round, the 13th seed from Israel succumbed in straight sets against the German on Court 5.

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Sela goes down fighting against 13th seed

By Danny Caro, June 23, 2010

Israel No. 1 Dudi Sela was unable to repeat his heroics of 2009 after going down in four sets against 13th seed Mikhail Youzhny on Court 8 on day two at Wimbledon.

Having reached round four and ousting former top 10 player Marat Safin last year, a resilient Sela gave the powerful Russian a run for his money.

He lost the first two sets before battling back to win the third. The baseliner failed to capitalise on two sets points in the fourth before eventually losing the tie-break, going down 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-7 (2-7).

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Peer eases into round two at Wimbledon

By Danny Caro, June 22, 2010

Shahar Peer's quest to reach the ATP top 10 gathered momentum as she beat former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic on Court 5 late on Monday evening on Day One at Wimbledon.

Seeded 13, Peer was forced to wait for a court but it did not affect her performance and she prevented Ivanovic from showing the form that took her to the semi-finals at SW19 in 2007.

The Israeli Peer capitalised with a solid if unspectacular performance that earned a 6-3 6-4 passage.

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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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