Tennis

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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US Open update

By Simon Griver, September 3, 2009

There were mixed fortunes for Israel's two leading tennis stars in the first round of the US Open.

Shahar Peer, who has slipped to 64 in the WTA rankings, recovered her best form to beat 32nd seed Agnes Szavay.

Peer, who last year crashed out in the first round at Flushing Meadow, swept past the young Hungarian 6-2, 6-2.

Peer was scheduled to play Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro (35) in the second round.

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Defiant Peer to fight back

By Simon Griver, August 27, 2009

Ahead of Monday’s US Open, Shahar Peer has insisted that she has no intention of giving up tennis, despite slumping from a career high of 15 in the WTA rankings in 2007 to 63.

The 22-year-old said: “It is hard to put my finger on anything specific that has caused my loss of momentum. There was the Dubai scandal, some injuries and unnecessary losses. I am working very hard and doing well in practice but this is not being reflected in matches. I am not consistent.

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Tennis star Obziler retires

August 20, 2009

Tzipi Obziler has left the door open to represent Israel at future Federation Cup matches after announcing her retirement.

After bringing to an end a remarkable career which began some 21 years ago, Obziler, 36, said: “If captain Lior Mor decides he wants me on the team and I see that I’m physically capable of playing, then of course I wouldn’t refuse.”

Andy Ram and Max Mirnyi were beaten by Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles in the final Rogers Cup in Montreal. The Israeli/Belarusian duo had beaten top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan in the semis.

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Hurray for Harel

By Simon Griver, July 30, 2009

Having led Israel to its first-ever Davis Cup semi-finals earlier this month, Harel Levy has maintained the momentum by winning the Lexington Challenger tournament in Kentucky.

Levy, 31, overcame American qualifier Alex Kuznetsov in the final to win his first title since the Manchester Challenger in 2007.

Levy’s Lexington triumph, together with the Davis Cup victories over Igor Andreev (24) and Igor Andreev (24), have seen him soar from 210 in the ATP rankings to 150, as he recaptures the form, which took him to 30th place in 2001, before he was sidelined by a serious hip injury.

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Davis Cup heroes make history

By Simon Griver, July 16, 2009

Israel reached the Davis Cup semi-finals for the first time with a stunning 4-1 victory over Russia in Tel Aviv at the weekend.

The 10,800 capacity crowd at the Nokia Arena went wild as Israel raced into a decisive 3-0 lead over the first two days of the tie.

Israel’s chances were improved by the fact that Russia — the Davis Cup champions in 2002 and 2006 — were without their two top-ranked players through injury. But no one expected 210th-ranked Harel Levy to sweep aside Igor Andreev (24) in four sets in the opening rubber.

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Israel makes Davis Cup history

By Danny Caro in Tel Aviv, July 13, 2009

History was made on Saturday afternoon as Israel reached the Davis Cup semi-finals for the first time after Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich won a five-set thriller in the doubles to cement victory over Russia at the Nokia Arena.

With Harel Levy and Dudi Sela having won their respective singles' rubbers on Friday, it was left to Ram and Erlich, playing together for the first time in months, to seal a victory to give Israel an unassailable 3-0 lead.

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Israel all set for big cup test

By Simon Griver, July 9, 2009

TENNIS - Boosted by his Wimbledon performance and a record ranking of 33, Dudi Sela leads the charge as Israel hosts Russia in the Davis Cup quarter-final in Tel Aviv.

Having reached the last 16 at the Grand Slam, Sela said: “It’s very big for Israeli tennis and I’m very excited to play.

“Israel will have 10,000 people screaming every point, and although Russia are favourites, I believe in the Israel team. It’s very important to be united and I think we have a chance.”

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