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.


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.


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.


Peer made to sweat in US Open

By Danny Caro, August 31, 2010

Shahar Peer made hard work of beating Jelena Kostanic Tosic to reach the second round of the US Open.

Seeded 16, Peer had her serve broken twice in the first set against the Croatian, who is ranked 1033 in the world, before finally prevailing 7-5.

The Israeli also looked unconvincing in the second set before winning 6-4 for a straight sets victory.

She will need to improve her form if she wants to go further at Flushing Meadows although she has a relatively easy second round tie against Pauline Parmentier of France, 105 in the WTA rankings.


Shahar Peer gets US Open boost

By Simon Griver, August 26, 2010

Shahar Peer has benefited from the absence of Serena Williams and Justine Henin and will be seeded 16 at the US Open starting on Monday.

Having slipped four places to 18 in the WTA rankings, Peer along with compatriot Dudi Sela will be looking to revive their flagging fortunes


Shahar Peer training with Navratilova coach for US Open

By Simon Griver, August 12, 2010

Shahar Peer has enlisted the help of Martina Navratilova's former coach ahead of her US Open campaign later this month.

The 23-year-old Israeli began training last week with Craig Kardon, a top coach who has also previously worked with Jennifer Capriati and most recently Anna Ivanovic.

Kardon will begin working permanently with Peer after the US Open if the partnership proves productive. Peer's declared target is to reach the world's top ten.


Israel tennis looks for a new leader

By Simon Griver, July 22, 2010

The Israel Tennis Centre (ITC) is looking for a new CEO after Janine Strauss stepped down.

Dani Gali, who is head of the tournaments department, has been appointed temporary CEO until a permanent appointment is made. One of Gali's first actions was to meet Dudi Sela, Harel Levy and Andy Ram to repair the rift between the players and the ITC.

Sela, who has been highly critical of ITC's programmes, said after the meeting that he felt that the players' views "are finally being heard".


Massu hopes for Davis Cup

July 8, 2010

Nicolas Massu believes that the absence of Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych has given Chile a fighting chance going into Davis Cup quarter-final assault against the Czech Republic, starting today.

Massu, 30, considers Chile the underdogs even though they have home advantage at the Enjoy Tennis Centre in Coquimbo. But their hopes received a timely boost when Czech No. 1 Berdych ruled himself out of the tie because of abdominal muscle injury.


Rack appointed GB tennis chairman for EMG

By Danny Caro, July 6, 2010

Maccabi GB have announced their plans for tennis at next summer’s 13th European Maccabi Games in Vienna.

Greg Rack has been appointed Chairman. He will be assisted by Jan Feldman.

Rack has been involved with MGB for a number of years and last summer he Chaired the largest ever Maccabi GB tennis squad to travel to Israel for the Maccabiah Games.

Although the squad did not experience much success Rack believes that better times lie ahead with a number of promising junior and senior players coming through the ranks.


Three Lions don't deserve lynch mob

By Martin Samuel, July 1, 2010

So what were they meant to do, then?

I know there are a lot of angry people out there. I know there are people who spent a lot of money, who saved and sacrificed to get to South Africa and follow England through this World Cup. But, for most, watching England involved no greater commitment than a walk down the pub, or two steps across the front room to turn the television on.