Tennis

Cool Dudi makes his point with stunning display

By Simon Griver, October 2, 2008

Overlooked for selection in Beijing, Dudi Sela reached the final of the China Open before succumbing to former world No. 1 Andy Roddick.

Sela had controversially been denied the chance to compete in the Beijing Olympics by the Israel Olympic Committee because he was not ranked in the top 50. Last week, when he finally made it to Beijing, he emphatically showed them the error of their decision with the best tennis of his career.

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Sela ready for big tie

By Simon Griver, September 19, 2008

Israel start as strong favourites to remain in the Davis Cup World Group when they host Peru at Ramat Hasharon starting today.

The Israelis, back in the elite 16 nation World Group for the first time in 15 years, take on the Peruvians in a relegation/promotion playoff after narrowly losing to Sweden in February.

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Peer slammed out as coach departs

By Simon Griver, August 28, 2008

Struggling Shahar Peer has sacked her second coach in little over two months after being eliminated at the first round stage at Flushing Meadows.

After winning the first set, Israel's No. 1 lady was stunned into submission, losing 6-2, 0-6, 1-6 against Li Na of China.

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Spurned Sela threatens cup boycott

August 8, 2008

Tennis Dudi Sela, Israel's leading player, looks set to boycott his country's upcoming Davis Cup tie against Peru after his ongoing row with the national tennis federation reached boiling point.

As the JC has reported, Sela slammed Israel's Olympic Committee and the Israel Tennis Association for not selecting him for the Beijing games.

Now he is threatening to quit the national team.

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Ram and Erlich lead Olympic gold rush

By Simon Griver, August 8, 2008

Tennis doubles specialists Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich are the best gold medal prospects among Israel's record 43-strong squad at the Beijing Olympics.

Ram and Erlich travel to China in top form after reaching the finals of the Cincinnati Masters on Sunday, where they lost in a deciding tie-break to the Bryan brothers.

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No Israeli record as Peer thrashed in round four

By Craig Silver, July 4, 2008

Shahar Peer was battered into submission by world No. 5 Elena Dementieva in the fourth round, and denied the opportunity of being the first-ever Israeli to reach the quarter finals.

Peer found it difficult to cope with the superb ground strokes and vicious backhands which saw Dementieva cruise to victory, winning 6-2, 6-1 in one hour and 15 minutes.

Peer, 26 in the world rankings, hit just 11 unforced errors during the match, but the Russian’s 24 winners gave Israel’s No. 1 player no chance.

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How to win a grand slam, by a kosher hero

By Danny Caro, July 4, 2008

It is almost 57 years to the day that Dick Savitt won Wimbledon. In doing so he remains the only Jewish player to have won the men’s singles title.

Since then, Israeli Andy Ram has won the mixed doubles while Jesse Levine won the junior doubles crown in 2005. But Savitt is in a league of his own and, considered by experts to be the greatest baseline player of his generation, he reached the heights without having a single tennis lesson in his 12-year career.

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No split for Israeli duo

By Laura Stadler, July 3, 2008

Israeli doubles stars Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram have dismissed speculation of an impending split after their exit from Wimbledon this week.

Erlich, 31, was said to be considering taking time out from tennis after the Olympics when his first child is due to be born. Some reports have suggested increasing tensions with Ram, 28, implying that he will team up with another Israeli, Harel Levy, for the US Open in August.

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Furious Peer blames umpire after womens’ double defeat

By Craig Silver, July 3, 2008

Shahar Peer criticised the umpire after her fourth round womens’ doubles defeat, claiming an incorrect decision in the second set proved costly for her and partner Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.

Peer and Azarenka were playing against world number ones Cara Black and Liezel Huber in the quarter-final.

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Doubles stars savour finest victory

June 27, 2008

Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich described their first round victory in the men’s doubles as their finest hour after completing a stunning comeback in a match played over two days, writes Danny Caro.

An upset looked on the cards when the third seeds lost the first two sets 6-4 against Americans David Martin and Scott Lipsky on Monday.

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