Tennis

Game over for Sela

By Danny Caro, January 26, 2009

Dudi Sela’s dream run at the Australian Open came to an end on Saturday.

In a David-versus-Goliath contest, the plucky 23-year-old fell in four sets to last year’s runner-up, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, at Rod Laver Arena.

Playing in his first ever third round match at a grand slam tournament, Sela was broken in the first game of the match, and went on to lose the first set 4-6 in front of 10,000 fans.

The Israeli, buoyed by flags bearing the Star of David in the crowd, was two sets down before he began to claw his way back into the match, taking the third set 6-1.

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Sela storms into Australian Open third round

January 22, 2009

Dudi Sela has qualified for the last 32 of a Grand Slam event for the first time.

On Thursday morning, he also became the first Israeli male to reach the third round of the Australian Open since Amos Mansdorf in 1994 by defeating Victor Hanescu in straight sets.

Having beaten 30th seed Rainer Schuettler in the opening round, Sela’s 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 success against the Romanian was even more impressive as he went through the match without dropping serve.

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Dynamite Dudu never says no-no

By Dan Goldberg, January 22, 2009

Dudi Sela caused one of the upsets of the week after staging a miraculous comeback to win his first-round match in Melbourne.

Ranked 106th in the world, Sela appeared to be down and out after Germany’s Rainer Schuettler blasted the diminutive Israeli off the court in a first-set pummelling.

But the dogged Sela, from Kiryat Shmona, turned the tide in the subsequent sets, overcoming the No. 30 seed in four; 1-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.
“It was good, but tough to play today because it was windy,” said Sela, 23.

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'I won't court controversy,' vows Shahar

By Simon Griver, January 14, 2009

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Net gain for Levy

By Simon Griver, January 8, 2009

Harel Levy retained the Israel Tennis Championships after upsetting Dudi Sela.

Levy won 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in Ra’anana.

There were no surprises in the women’s final as Shahar Peer beat Tzipi Obziler 6-4, 1-6, 7-6.

In the men’s doubles competition, Andy Ram teamed up with his coach Noam Behr to defeat Levy and Noam Okun 6-1, 6-4.

Julia Glishko and Nadine Fahum won the women’s tournament after seeing off Esther Masuri and Shir Perkis 6-1, 6-1.

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Double delight

December 23, 2008

Maccabi are re-launching their national doubles tournament. The competition will include four categories: Under 18, Open, 40+ and 55+. All applicants will be entered into a league system in their area.

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Israeli duo double up

By Simon Griver, December 18, 2008

Harel Levy and Noam Okun will focus on their doubles partnership when the 2009 season starts next month.

The Israelis, both aged 30, have been unable to rediscover the singles form which saw Levy ranked 30 in 2001 and Okun reach 95 in 2002. Levy currently 248, and Okun, 430, will jettison their singles careers in favour of doubles success as they look to emulate their compatriots Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich, who won the Australian Open doubles title earlier this year and have each amassed more than $1.5 million in prize money.

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GB athletes boosted by major deal

December 10, 2008

Maccabi GB has continued its preparations for next summer’s 18th Maccabiah Games by announcing a new and unprecedented partnership deal with Village Hotels worth in the region of a quarter of a million pounds.

The agreement will see Village Hotels offering complimentary membership of their state-of-the-art fitness clubs to each member of Team GB taking part in the Maccabiah Games in Israel in July 2009.

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Net loss

By Simon Griver, November 6, 2008

Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram have withdrawn from next week's Shanghai Masters tournament for the world's top eight men's doubles.

Erlich has not recovered from an elbow injury that has sidelined him since September and there are reports that he will fly to the US to see a leading specialist and possibly undergo surgery in the coming weeks.

"This is very frustrating," said Erlich. "I told Andy how sorry I am. I thought the pain in my elbow would keep me out for a week or two but it is now looking like something more serious."

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Ram nets 14th title

By Simon Griver, October 17, 2008

Israel's Andy Ram teamed up with Max Mirnyi of Belarus to win the men's doubles at the Bank of Austria Trophy tournament in Vienna.

The victory was Ram's 14th in doubles competition, though the straight-sets win over Philipp Petzschner and Alexander Peyer was the first time he has played without Jonathan Erlich in a tournament since winning the Indianapolis title with Croatia's Mario Ancic in 2003.

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