Tennis

World elite to visit Eilat

By Simon Griver, November 11, 2010

World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka (10) will lead a galaxy of top female stars when the Federation Cup Europe Group One tournament is held in Israel early next year.

The International Tennis Federation has awarded the 16-team competition to Eilat, which will include Denmark, Belarus and Israel.

Sixteen nations will be divided into four groups with the winners of the round robin tournament from each group playing in semi-finals. The two semi-final winners will move onto promotion/relegations playoffs for the Federation Cup World Group.

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Shahar Peer nears world tennis elite

By Simon Griver, October 14, 2010

Shahar Peer has moved up to a career high of 13 in the latest WTA rankings.

Peer climbed five places after reaching the semi-finals of the China Open in Beijing where she lost 5-7, 2-6 to world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. Peer, 23, reached 14 earlier this year and believes that it is a matter of time before she achieves her target of reaching the word's top 10.

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Israel to face Poland in Davis Cup

By Danny Caro, September 27, 2010

Israel have been drawn at home to Poland in the second round of next year’s Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group 1.

Both teams received a bye in the first round but will play the tie on the date scheduled for the first round - the weekend of March 4, 2011.

The winners will move onto the promotion playoff for the World Group in September.

The tie is set to be held at the Ramat Hasharon Tennis Centre after disappointing attendances at the much larger Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv last week when Israel lost 3-2 to Austria and were relegated from the World Group after three years.

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Israel suffer Davis Cup relegation

By Danny Caro, September 20, 2010

Israel have been relegated from the Davis Cup World Group after going down 3-2 to Austria at the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv.

Having rubbed shoulders with the top nations for three years, Israel were unable to capatilise on a 2-1 advantage going into the two reverse single rubbers.

Israel got off to a flyer in the opening rubber with Dudi Sela

However, Austria levelled the tie when world No. 13 Jurgen Melzer eased past Sela (85) in straight sets. Israel’s fate was sealed when a tiring Levy (223) capitulated against Martin Fischer (134) in the decisive rubber.

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Israel suffer Davis Cup relegation

By Danny Caro, September 20, 2010

Israel have been relegated from the Davis Cup World Group after going down 3-2 to Austria at the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv.

Having rubbed shoulders with the top nations for three years, Israel were unable to capatilise on a 2-1 advantage going into the two reverse single rubbers.

Israel got off to a flyer in the opening rubber with Dudi Sela

However, Austria levelled the tie when world No. 13 Jurgen Melzer eased past Sela (85) in straight sets. Israel’s fate was sealed when a tiring Levy (223) capitulated against Martin Fischer (134) in the decisive rubber.

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Israel suffer Davis Cup relegation

By Danny Caro, September 20, 2010

Israel have been relegated from the Davis Cup World Group after going down 3-2 to Austria at the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv.

Having rubbed shoulders with the top nations for three years, Israel were unable to capatilise on a 2-1 advantage going into the two reverse single rubbers.

Israel got off to a flyer in the opening rubber with Dudi Sela

However, Austria levelled the tie when world No. 13 Jurgen Melzer eased past Sela (85) in straight sets. Israel’s fate was sealed when a tiring Levy (223) capitulated against Martin Fischer (134) in the decisive rubber.

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Israel's David Cup hopes

By Simon Griver, September 7, 2010

Dudi Sela is confident Israel can beat Austria in next week's Davis Cup World Group relegation playoff.

Having bowed out of the US Open in the second round against 12th seed Mikhael Youzhny, Sela has high hopes ahead of the match at the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv.

"If we play good tennis then I think the crowd will make the difference in our favour," Sela said.

The crucial tie will start a day early to allow Israel's players to observe Yom Kippur. Ian Froman, the head of the Israeli Tennis Federation confirmed that there will be "a 24-hour break".

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Peer ousted by Williams at US Open

By Danny Caro, September 6, 2010

A brave display from Shahar Peer was not enough to stop Venus Williams from powering through their fourth round clash at Flushing Meadows.

Seeded 16 at the US Open, Peer succumbed to third seed 6-7, 3-6 as she suffered her sixth straight defeat against the collusus.

Peer broke Venus Williams to lead 3-2 in the first set but failed to hold her serve before losing 7-3 in the tie-break.

The Israeli was encouraged by her performance in New Tork, and will also take encouragement from a third round 6-4, 6-4 victory over 19th seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy.

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Erlich leaves Ram doubled up at US Open

By Danny Caro, September 3, 2010

Jonathan Erlich got the better of compatriot and former playing partner Andy Ram to reach the second round of the men’s doubles at Flushing Meadows.

Together with Jordan Kerr of Australian, Erlich won 7-5, 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (11-9) to stun the 8th seeds.

The result looks to have jeopardised Ram and Julian Knowle’s hopes of playing at the London Masters in November.

Having progressed to the third round of the ladies singles, Shahar Peer teamed up with Monica Niculescu to reach round two of the doubles. Seeded 13, they beat Michaella Krakicek and Marie Eve Pelletier in straight sets.

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Peer eases into round three at US Open

By Danny Caro, September 2, 2010

Shahar Peer has reached the third round of the US Open after beating Pauline Parmentier in straight sets in the ladies singles.

Having accounted for Jelena Kostanic Tosic in her opener, Peer, seeded 16, eased home 6-2, 6-3 in just over an hour on Court 13.

Peer will meet 19th seed Flavia Panetta of Italy in the third round with Venus Williams a potential opponent in round four.

Dudi Sela made an impressive start in the men’s singles. He surprised Xavier Malisse (50) 7-6, 7-5, 6-2 on Court 7, serving seven aces in the process.

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