Tennis

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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Odesnik reaches round two in Melbourne

By Danny Caro, January 18, 2010

Wayne Odesnik reached the second round of the Australian Open after beating Blaz Kavcic in four sets on Monday.

Ranked 89 in the world Odesnik, a naturalised American, came from behind to win 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in Melbourne.

The 24-year-old from Johannesburg will meet 27th seed Phillip Kohlschreiber or Harcio Zeballos in round two.

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Peer reaches Hobart final

By Danny Caro, January 15, 2010

Shahar Peer warmed up for next week’s Australian Open grand slam by reached the final of the Hobart International.

Peer, 22, dismantled Sar Errani 6-2, 6-0 in 78 minutes in the semi-finals to reach her seventh WTA final.

The Israeli has started 2010 in excellent form, winning seven out of eight matches.

She will be seeded 29 in the Australian Open and plays Lucie Safarova (65) of the Czech Republic in the first round.

In the men’s singles, Dudi Sela will play one of the qualifiers.

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Resurgent Peer aims for top 20

By Simon Griver, January 14, 2010

Shahar Peer sees the Australian Open as a stepping stone in her determined climb back to the top.

Ranked 30 in the world, Peer, 22, will be seeded in the Melbourne tournament which starts on Monday. This should prevent a repeat of last year’s first-round exit when unseeded, she was drawn against 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki.

“My target is to get back into the top 20 and a good run in Melbourne will help me do that,” said Peer. “I feel I am playing my best tennis ever at the moment.”

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Proud Peer finally beaten

By Danny Caro, January 8, 2010

Shahar Peer’s run at the ASB Classic in Auckland finished at the semi-final stage where she was beaten by third seed Yanina Wickmayer.

In a competition marred by anti-Israel demonstrations, Peer, 22, bowed out 6-4 7-5 against Yanina Wickmayer from Belgium.

Following one of the tightest matches in the competition, Peer, who is preparing for the first grand slam of 2010, the Australian Open, broke her silence on the protestors who have disrupted her matches.

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Peer protest

By Simon Griver, January 7, 2010

Shahar Peer (30) reached the quarter-finals of the ASB Classic in Auckland with victory over Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova (44). Amid highly embarrassing scenes for the tournament organisers, the match was marred by loud protests from pro-Palestinian demonstrators outside the Auckland Tennis Centre.

Peer, 22, persuaded officials not to postpone the match. She said: “It makes me all the more determined to win. It’s a disgrace that year after year the demonstrators target me. I’m a tennis player not a politician.”

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Peer progresses amid further protests

By Simon Griver, January 6, 2010

Shahar Peer (30) reached the quarter-finals of the ASB Classic in Auckland with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova (44).

Amid highly embarrassing scenes for the tournament organisers, the match was marred by loud protests from pro-Palestinian demonstrators outside the Auckland Tennis Centre.

One man was arrested for breaching the peace as he continually banged a drum, while play was stopped for 20 minutes at the end of the first set and only continued after the 22-year-old Israeli persuaded officials not to postpone the match.

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Bomb scare halts Shahar Peer

By Danny Caro, January 5, 2010

The Auckland Classic women’s WTA event was halted when police were forced to evacuate the stadium after a bomb scare amid anti-Israel demonstations.

Play on Tuesday was halted after the alarm as a small group picketed the event.

Protesters denied any link to the scare and police said they had found the owner of an unattended bag that sparked the evacuation, and that normal procedure had been followed.

Play recommenced 20 minutes later after the all-clear was given. The scare delayed the appearance of Israel's Shahar Peer, who went on to beat Slovenian Polona Hercog.

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I'm here to win says Peer

December 23, 2009

This week’s Israeli Tennis Championships sees the country’s top players competing in Ra’anana, including Shahar Peer and Dudi Sela, who are expected to win the women’s and men’s titles respectively

Peer, who finishes this year at No. 30 in the world rankings, comfortably defeated 16-year-old Liat Zimmerman 6-4, 6-1 in Monday’s first-round. After the match, she said: “This is what I had hoped for in my first match since the offseason started. I enjoyed myself and I’m here to win the tournament.”

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