Tennis

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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Cool Dudi in bid to end Israeli drought on clay

By Simon Griver, May 21, 2009

Dudi Sela goes into Monday’s French Open boosted by the news that he has risen to a career high ranking of 55. But the 24-year-old Israeli will not be encouraged by his form on clay as his preparations for Roland Garros ended prematurely with a first-round defeat at the Austrian Open.

Playing on his least favourite surface, Sela hopes to improve on his last two performances in Paris when he has failed to progress beyond the first round.

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Ram takes it to the Max

By Simon Griver, May 14, 2009

Israel’s most successful sporting partnership has split up. Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich have won 13 titles culminating in last year’s Australian Open but Ram has decided to stay with new partner Max Mirnyi rather than reunite with Erlich who recently returned from an eight-month injury absence.

Ram said: “Yoni thought I should be there for him regardless, but I don’t see why I should give up all the money, prizes and points in the middle of the season when we wouldn’t stand a chance.”

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Ram and Erlich reach last eight in Israel

By Simon Griver, May 7, 2009

Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich reached the quarter final of the Israel Open with a 4-6, 6-1, 10-8 victory over Simon Stadler and Amir Hadad.

The pairing had not played together since Erlich injured his elbow last August.

Ram and Erlich agreed that Ram will continue playing part of the time with his new partner Max Mirnyi of Belarus and partly with Ram ahead of Israel's quarter-final Davis Cup tie at home to Russia in July.

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Ground-breaking Peer kept in check in Morocco

By Simon Griver, April 30, 2009

Shahar Peer (53) became the first Israeli to play in Morocco when she beat Aravane Rezai (95) in the first round of the SAR tournament in Fes.

Seeded eight, Peer lost her second round clash against Czech Lucie Hradecka (91).

Tournament organisers rejected Peer’s request not to play on Remembrance Day for Israel’s fallen soldiers on the grounds that her first round match had already been put back a day to accommodate her late arrival from Estonia.

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Peer will go to Morocco

By Simon Griver, April 23, 2009

Shahar Peer will represent Israel in the Federation Cup World Group II playoff in Estonia this weekend before flying to Fes where she will become the first ever Israeli to play in Morocco.

Defeat for Israel in Estonia, after they narrowly lost to Ukraine earlier this year, will result in relegation to the European regional zone. Estonia will be strong favourites with Kaia Kanepi (19) and Ani Maret (111) high ranked than Peer (53) and Tzipi Obziler (228).

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Barclays Bank shareholders’ visa ban revolt

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2009

Barclays’ sponsorship of a tennis tournament from which Israel’s top woman player was barred will be criticised at the bank’s annual meeting next week.

Some shareholders are angry that the bank continues to lend its name to the Dubai Tennis Championships, following the refusal of the United Arab Emirates to grant a visa to Shahar Peer to compete in the 2009 event in February. The decision prompted the Wall Street Journal Europe to withdraw its sponsorship and the Tennis Channel to cancel coverage.

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Mirnyi helps Ram to win his 16th title

April 7, 2009

Andy Ram and Max Mirnyi won the Sony Eriksson Miami Open. It was Ram’s 16th doubles title and his second with Mirnyi.

The International Tennis Federation has fined Sweden $40,000 for playing last month’s Davis Cup tie with Israel behind closed doors and Malmo has been banned from hosting games for five years. The ITF did not accept the Swede’s claim that spectators had to be barred for security reasons. Israel won and play Russia in the World Group quarter final.

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