Tennis

They’ll be serving up a treat

July 2, 2009

Team GB will be sending their largest ever tennis squad to the Games. A group of 45 junior, open and masters players will travel with Tennis chairman Greg Rack claiming that there would be “significantly more were it not for injuries and the credit crunch”.

The junior tennis squad features 12 players, including Mancunians Alex Koslover, Hannah Solomon and Georgia Kirsch. Managed By Michelle Wayne, a professional coach who won bronze at the Games in the 1970s, the group hopes to follow in Wayne’s footsteps. She won the mixed doubles competition in the Chandos tournament last month.

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Happy returns

By Danny Caro, July 2, 2009

Dudi Sela will climb into the world’s top 30 for the first time after making the last 16 at Wimbledon.

The unseeded Israeli’s fairytale run ended in the fourth round with a straight-sets defeat against fourth seed Novak Djokovic on Court 3 on Monday.

Having beaten two seeded players along the way, including Spain’s Tommy Robredo (15), the brave Sela, 24, was not outplayed by the Serb with the pair producing some entertaining rallies to keep a boisterous crowd on the edge of their seats.

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Game over for Israelis

By Danny Caro, July 1, 2009

Israeli involvement ended at Wimbledon on Tuesday after Andy Ram was eliminated in the third round of the men’s doubles.

Together with Max Mirnyi, the fourth seeds were beaten in a five-set thriller by unseeded pair Simon Aspelin and Paul Hanley in a match held over from Monday.

The singles competition featured a personal best for Dudi Sela, 24. He expects to climb up the world rankings to 35 after reaching the last 16.

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Heroic Sela bows out against fourth seed

By Danny Caro, June 29, 2009

Dudi Sela's Wimbledon fairytale ended with a straight sets fourth round defeat against fourth seed Novak Djokovic on Court 3 on Monday afternoon.

Having beaten two seeds en route to the last 16, the brave Israeli was not outplayed by the Serb with the pair producing some entertaining rallies to keep a boisterous crowd on the edge of their seats.

In the end, Djokovic's booming serve, unerring consistency and accuracy proved decisive against a hard-working Sela.

Defeat saw Sela, 24, improve on last year's first round exit at his first Wimbledon.

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Levine through to round three

By Danny Caro, June 26, 2009

Jesse Levine marched into the third round of the men’s singles at Wimbledon after wining a five-set thriller against Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas.

Having beaten 14th seed Marat Safin in the opening round, Levine, 21, won 6-2, 6-1, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3.

He is scheduled to meet Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in the third round on Saturday.

The winner will meet third seed Andy Murray or Viktor Troicki.

Dudi Sela flies the flag for Israel with a clash against Tommy Robredo on Court 3.

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Mixed emotions for Israelis at Wimbledon

June 24, 2009

Dudi Sela is the last man standing in the singles competition. He reached the third round with a straight sets win over 18th seed Rainer Schuettler.

He plays Tommy Robredo (15) or Stefan Koubek in round three.

Shahar Peer tumbled out in round two of the ladies singles as 10th seed Nicole Petrova proved too strong

Week one review and reaction in Friday’s JC.

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Levine sends Safin tumbling into retirement

By Danny Caro at Wimbledon, June 24, 2009

Jesse Levine caused one of the upsets of the tournament with a four-set win over 14th seed Marat Safin, who announced his retirement from the game after the match.

Third seed Andy Murray is a possible opponent for Levine who overcame a clear height disadvantage to win 6-2, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4.

Wayne Odesnik suffered another painful exit from Wimbledon on Tuesday.

He was comfortably beaten by Jurgen Meltzer 6-1, 6-4, 6-2. South African born Odesnik was hampered by a groin strain and was forced to call a trainer on to the court.

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Peer makes opening day bow

By Danny Caro, June 22, 2009

Shahar Peer has passed a fitness test and will line-up against Maria Elena Camerin second match on court four at Wimbledon on day one.

Having missed the French Open through injury, Peer has come through an intense training regime and she hopes to improve on last year’s best at SW19, when she reached the fourth round.

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I'm cooking on grass

By Simon Griver, June 19, 2009

Dudi Sela believes that he has a chance to shine at Wimbledon after reaching the quarter-finals of the Ordina Open in Holland.
Already enjoying a career high ranking of 47, the Israeli can expect to start the grand slam in an even higher position when the new rankings are announced on Monday.

Sela, 24, is riding high after reaching only his third quarter-final of an ATP tournament.

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Battered Ram made last eight

By Simon Griver, June 4, 2009

French Open

Andy Ram and Natalie Dechy lost to fourth seeds Max Mirnyi and Nadia Petrova in the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles at Roland Garros.

Having reached the second round of the men’s singles for the first time in his career with a four-set victory over Monaco qualifier Jean Rene-Lisnard, Israel’s Dudi Sela (55) was hammered by 13th seed Marin Cilic 6-0, 6-3, 6-1. It took the Croatian one hour and 23 minutes to get past Sela. “I played terribly,” said Sela. “I made so many errors and you can’t win games against players like Cilic like that.”

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