Tennis

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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Peer reaches round two in Dubai

By Danny Caro, February 15, 2010

Shahar Peer has reached round two of the Dubai Open after beating Belgian rival, Yanina Wickmayer.

Competing in the competition for the first time, Peer won 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.

Peer, seeeded 22, will meet the winner of the match up between France's Virginie Razzano and Tunisia's Salima Sfar.

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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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