Israel targets world tennis group

By Simon Griver, January 27, 2011

Israel will have high hopes of returning to the world group of the Federation Cup when many of the world's top ladies travel from the Australian Open to Eilat for the Europe/Africa Zone Group playoffs starting on Wednesday.

World number one Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark will lead a cast of 18 of the top 100 WTA players that includes Israel's Shahar Peer and Britain's Elena Baltacha.


Peer crashes out in round three

By Danny Caro, January 24, 2011

Shahar Peer tumbled out of the Australian Open at the third round stage, going down in three sets against 22nd seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy.

Seeded 10, Peer won the first set 6-3, but she failed to capitalise on a set-point in the second, eventually losing 6-7 (3-7), 4-6 in Melbourne.

Israeli participation at the event came to an early close after Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich, who won doubles title here in 2008, were knocked out in the second round.


Dudi Sela upbeat despite Australian Open defeat

By James Masters, January 20, 2011

Dudi Sela insists he can break into the world's top 50 – despite crashing out of the Australian Open in the first round.

The Israeli number one was beaten in straight sets by Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro after failing to convert a set point in the opener.

But Sela says his level of performance against the former US Open champion has given him plenty of optimism for the year ahead.

"I hope I can break into the top 50 but it's not easy because there are a lot of good players," said Sela.


Shahar Peer marches into round three in Melbourne

By Danny Caro, January 20, 2011

Shahar Peer, the 10th seed, stormed into the third round of the ladies singles at the Australian Open with another straight sets victory in Melbourne.

Ranked 12 in the world, Peer followed up her win over Mathilde Johansson with a 6-3, 6-2 success over Sorana Cirstea of Romania.

The Israeli believes that 2011 will be a big year. The 23-year-old has already reached two Grand Slam quarter-finals and is quickly becoming one of the most exciting players on the women's circuit.


Peer heads to second round of Australian Open

By Danny Caro, January 18, 2011

Tenth seed Shahar Peer cruised into the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Mathilde Johansson (103) of France.

After losing the first game and nearly losing her serve in the second game, Peer dominated to win six straight games and take the first set in 34 minutes.

It took another 28 minutes to win the second set by the same margin.

Dudi Sela (92) lost in straight sets 6-7, 4-6, 4-6 in the first round against Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro.


Australian Open is a win-win

By Simon Griver, January 13, 2011

Shahar Peer will achieve her dream of a top 10 ranking after the Australian Open, providing she can avoid a disastrous early exit in the first grand slam tournament of the year.

The Israeli was boosted earlier this week when she rose to a career high ranking of 12, the highest placing ever of any Israeli tennis player.


Defeated Peer keeps climbing

January 6, 2011

Shahar Peer will rise to a career high of 12th in the WTA rankings despite crashing out of the first tournament of 2011.

Seeded second at the Brisbane International, Peer brushed aside Australian wild card entry Sophie Ferguson (122) in the first round but was beaten in three sets by Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic in round two.

The Israeli will be particularly upset at squandering a 5-2 lead and match point in the third set against Safarova.


Peer odds on for top 10 place

By Simon Griver, December 29, 2010

Shahar Peer begins the 2011 season at the Brisbane International tournament on Sunday, looking a great bet to move into the top ten during January.

Having climbed from 30 in the WTA rankings to a career high of 13, the 24-year-old Israeli is set to scale new heights. She will overtake Elena Dementieva (9), who has officially retired, and Serena Williams (4), who is out due to injury, in the next few weeks. Justine Henin (12), who is only 50 points ahead of Peer, has pulled out of Brisbane to play the Hotman Cup


Shahar Peer: I'm not playing at ASB Classic tournament

December 6, 2010

Shahar Peer will not compete in next month's ASB Classic tournament in Auckland for the first time since she turned professional.

Peer has been the focus of disruptive anti-Israel protests in New Zealand in recent years. But her spokesman and brother, Shlomi Peer, insists that she has not been deterred by the demonstrators but now ranked 13, has outgrown the tournament and will instead begin her 2011 campaign at the Brisbane International.

Julia Glushko has won the ITF Challenger event in Traralgon, Australia.


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.