Tennis

Handy Andy is back on top

November 5, 2009

Andy Lee reclaimed the Robert Whiteson Memorial tournament singles title after a gap of 12 years. In a repeat of last year’s final, Lee defeated David Binder in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. Maccabiah star Lee, 29, grew up in Manchester and won the title as a teenager three years in a row from 1995 to 1997.

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Shahar Peer to face Bartoli in Bali

By Chris Burton, November 3, 2009

Shahar Peer will face Marion Bartoli, the world number 12, at the Tournament of Champions in Bali, Indonesia. The Israeli tennis star holds a 6-1 winning record against Bartoli, from France, with her last victory at Indian Wells in March.

"I have big chances. All of us have big chances here," said Peer, who was granted a visa into the tournament despite strong opposition from the Indonesian government.

She has been drawn into Group A, and will also play against Magdalena Rybarikova, the world number 46.

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Peer granted Bali visa

By James Martin, November 2, 2009

Dr Ian Froman, the chairman of the Israel Tennis Association, said he was relieved to see an aversion "of a clash between sport and politics" after Shahar Peer was granted a visa into the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions, held in Bali, Indonesia.

Dr Froman said that the Indonesian government, which does not have diplomatic ties with Israel, decided to grant Peer a visa despite “some of its politicians saying she shouldn't be accepted”.

He said: “Despite strong opposition to the decision, the government didn't want to go head-to-head with the sport's governing bodies."

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Peer wins fifth tennis title

By Danny Caro, September 29, 2009

Shahar Peer won her second consecutive WTA title after beating Akgul Amanmuradova 6-3 6-4 in the Tashkent Open.

Peer’s fifth career title saw her complete back-to-back tournaments without dropping a set. The victory lifted her to 34 in the rankings.

“That’s a nice feeling. I’m happy I’m playing well,” said Peer, 22. “I had played Akgul four times before and knew her game fairly well, but I knew it would be difficult. I tried to play my best and not give her any chances. I'm happy my father was with me these last two weeks, because I won both tournaments.”

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Peer wins in China

By Danny Caro, September 21, 2009

Shahar Peer has won the Guangzhou Open in China, her first WTA singles title in three years.

Seeded five, Peer, 22, beat first-time finalist Alberta Brianti of Italy 6-3, 6-4 in the final.

The victory marked a fourth career singles title for the Israeli on the tour.

“I’m very happy to win this title,” said Peer. “It’s really important to me.

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Israel outclassed in Davis Cup semi

By Danny Caro, September 20, 2009

Defending champions Spain outclassed Israel to reach their seventh Davis Cup final after claiming an unassailable 3-0 advantage to spare in Murcia.

With Israel lining up in its first-ever Davis Cup semi-final, and Spain in the last four for the fifth time in 10 years, the odds were stacked against the visitors continuing their fairytale run.

On Friday, David Ferrer comfortably defeated Harel Levy. The pair, who are separated by over 100 places in the men's rankings, were a mismatch, with the Spaniard dropping just eight games in a 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 win.

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Spain lead Israel in Davis Cup semi-final

By Danny Caro, September 18, 2009

Hot favourites Spain were leading 1-0 against Israel in the Davis Cup semi-final in Murcia.

The defending champions were given the perfect start when David Ferrer beat Harel Levy 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 53 minutes.

Levy came out playing a more aggressive game than usual, hitting through his backhand rather than relying on his trusted slice.

Ferrer took the opening set in just 25 minutes. Levy broke serve midway through the second set to lead 3-1. But he was unable to sustain it against a natural clay-courter, and Ferrer eventually ground him down.

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Nadal injury boosts Israel’s cup chances

By Simon Griver, September 17, 2009

Israel’s hopes of reaching the Davis Cup final for the first time received a major boost after two of the world’s top 10 ranked players withdrew from the Spanish squad on the eve of the clash in Murcia.

Going into the last four tie, Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal (3) and Fernando Verdasco (10) pulled out with injury concerns for the defending champions.

With Croatia or the Czech Republic awaiting the winner, the Israelis will be looking to repeat their giant-killing feat against Russia in the quarter-final in July.

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Ram loses in US Open semis

By Danny Caro, September 11, 2009

Andy Ram and Max Mirnyi missed out on a place in a grand slam final as they were beaten at the last four stage at Flushing Meadows.

Seeded five, the pair lost 6-4, 6-2 by third seeds Mark Knowles and Mahesh Bhupathi, in a match lasting 76 minutes.

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Andy Ram into last four at US Open

By Danny Caro, September 9, 2009

Andy Ram and Max Mirnyi have reached the semi-finals of the men’s doubles at the US Open at Flushing Meadow.

The fifth seeds came from a set down to knock out second seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic 6-7, 6-4, 6-0 in the quarter-finals.

The pair line up against thirds seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles in the last four.

Shahar Peer bowed out at the third round stage in the ladies singles. She went down 7-5, 6-1 against sixth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia.

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