Tennis

Becker in final of Over 50 Championships

February 11, 2010

Harvey Becker reached the semi-finals of the Over 50 National Indoor Championships.

The unseeded Becker, 49, knocked out three seeds including the competition’s No. 3 seed in Dudley. He eventually succumbed to the top seed and world No. 5 in a tight three-setter, in which he took the first set.

He is aiming to get into the top 50 in the world and top two nationally.

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Shahar Peer set for Dubai Championship

By Simon Griver, February 11, 2010

Shahar Peer is set for Monday’s Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships — a tournament from which she was famously excluded last year.

There was much furore when the UAE refused to grant Peer a visa because she is Israeli. Worldwide protests and threats by the WTA to cancel the tournament have proved successful, and Peer travels to the Gulf riding high having risen from 68 in the world rankings last August to 22 after reaching the third round of last month’s Australian Open.

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Sean Berman, new rising tennis star

By Dan Goldberg, February 4, 2010

A new Jewish tennis star is on the rise. Sean Berman, 17, a wildcard entry into the Australian Open junior boys’ tournament in Melbourne last week, came within a heartbeat of walking away with the title.

He blitzed through the draw, dispatching four seeds en route to a showdown against Brazil’s Tiago Fernandes, seeded 14th.

But the South-African born, New Zealand-raised player, who now lives in Australia, was defeated 7-5, 6-3 by Fernandes in the final.

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FC Team march to London Cup semis

By Danny Caro, February 1, 2010

FC Team marched into the semi-finals of the London Cup after thumping West Green United 4-1.

Played on a small and bobbly pitch in Walthamstow, Team manager Mitch Young made only made one change to the starting line-up from the previous weeks win against Kentish Town, with the influential Kieran Allen Curry replace Neil Weyman.

Both sides looked nervous for the first 15 minutes with the opening stages littered with free kicks.

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Berman defeated in Boys Australian Open final

By Danny Caro, February 1, 2010

Sean Berman was beaten in straights sets in the Junior Boys final at the Australian Open.

Unseeded Berman, 17, went down 6-3, 7-5 against 14th seed Tiago Fernandes of Brazil.

On his way to the final, Berman, who was born in South Africa, overcame third seed Jason Kubler in the quarter-finals.

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Israelis eliminated at Australian Open

By Dan Goldberg, January 27, 2010

Israel's flag was lowered at the Australian Open on Wednesday as its last two competitors crashed out of the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.

Yoni Erlich and his doubles partner blew two match points in their men’s doubles quarter-final, bowing out in three sets to the No. 2 seeds, 4-6, 6-1, 6-7.

Erlich and France’s Arnaud Clement, who were unseeded, had one match point at 5-3 in the third set and one in the subsequent tie-breaker at 6-5 against Daniel Nestor from Spain and Nenad Zimonjic from Serbia.

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Peer eliminated in round three

By Dan Goldberg, January 25, 2010

Shahar Peer self-destructed in the third round of the Australian Open, going down 4-6, 0-6 against world No. 4 Caroline Wozniacki.

There were few Israelis and fewer Israeli flags – and no Palestinian protesters – among the 10,000-plus fans at Rod Laver Arena, but Peer, 22, seemed unfazed, breaking the Danish starlet to lead 2-0 and 4-3 in the first set.

She outgunned her younger opponent early on, showcasing an array of forehand and backhand winners, lobs and drop shots that suggested she had the ticker and the talent to conquer Wozniacki.

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Peer breezes into round three at Australian Open

By Dan Goldberg, January 21, 2010

Shahar Peer breezed through to the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday, setting up a clash against world No. 4 Caroline Wozniacki.

After a sluggish start, Israel’s top female cruised through the first set but was made to work harder in the second before defeating Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova, 6-1, 6-4.

Although the pair had won two of their four previous encounters each, Peer, seeded 29th, took 81 minutes to outclass the unseeded Pironkova.

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Peer makes round two in Melbourne

By Dan Goldberg, January 20, 2010

Shahar Peer survived an early scare to secure a berth in the second round of the Australian Open.

Despite losing the first set in a tie-break, Israel’s top-ranked player – who reached the final of a WTA tournament in Hobart last week – defeated Czech Lucie Hradecka 6-7, 6-2, 6-1 in just under two hours on Wednesday.

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Sela makes early exit at Australian Open

By Dan Goldberg, January 19, 2010

Israel’s Dudi Sela crashed out of the Australian Open on Tuesday.

Sela, 24, never hit his stride during his four-set defeat by Ukranian Ivan Sergeyev on Court 19 at Melbourne Park, despite the support of about 100 exuberant fans, including Israeli Ambassador Yuval Rotem who travelled from Canberra to see Israel’s top men’s player in action.

Rotem was also hoping to watch Shahar Peer in her first-round match, but bad weather on Monday forced her tie against Czech Lucie Hradecka to be postponed until Wednesday.

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