FC Team march to London Cup semis

By Danny Caro, February 1, 2010

FC Team marched into the semi-finals of the London Cup after thumping West Green United 4-1.

Played on a small and bobbly pitch in Walthamstow, Team manager Mitch Young made only made one change to the starting line-up from the previous weeks win against Kentish Town, with the influential Kieran Allen Curry replace Neil Weyman.

Both sides looked nervous for the first 15 minutes with the opening stages littered with free kicks.


Berman defeated in Boys Australian Open final

By Danny Caro, February 1, 2010

Sean Berman was beaten in straights sets in the Junior Boys final at the Australian Open.

Unseeded Berman, 17, went down 6-3, 7-5 against 14th seed Tiago Fernandes of Brazil.

On his way to the final, Berman, who was born in South Africa, overcame third seed Jason Kubler in the quarter-finals.


Israelis eliminated at Australian Open

By Dan Goldberg, January 27, 2010

Israel's flag was lowered at the Australian Open on Wednesday as its last two competitors crashed out of the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.

Yoni Erlich and his doubles partner blew two match points in their men’s doubles quarter-final, bowing out in three sets to the No. 2 seeds, 4-6, 6-1, 6-7.

Erlich and France’s Arnaud Clement, who were unseeded, had one match point at 5-3 in the third set and one in the subsequent tie-breaker at 6-5 against Daniel Nestor from Spain and Nenad Zimonjic from Serbia.


Peer eliminated in round three

By Dan Goldberg, January 25, 2010

Shahar Peer self-destructed in the third round of the Australian Open, going down 4-6, 0-6 against world No. 4 Caroline Wozniacki.

There were few Israelis and fewer Israeli flags – and no Palestinian protesters – among the 10,000-plus fans at Rod Laver Arena, but Peer, 22, seemed unfazed, breaking the Danish starlet to lead 2-0 and 4-3 in the first set.

She outgunned her younger opponent early on, showcasing an array of forehand and backhand winners, lobs and drop shots that suggested she had the ticker and the talent to conquer Wozniacki.


Peer breezes into round three at Australian Open

By Dan Goldberg, January 21, 2010

Shahar Peer breezed through to the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday, setting up a clash against world No. 4 Caroline Wozniacki.

After a sluggish start, Israel’s top female cruised through the first set but was made to work harder in the second before defeating Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova, 6-1, 6-4.

Although the pair had won two of their four previous encounters each, Peer, seeded 29th, took 81 minutes to outclass the unseeded Pironkova.


Peer makes round two in Melbourne

By Dan Goldberg, January 20, 2010

Shahar Peer survived an early scare to secure a berth in the second round of the Australian Open.

Despite losing the first set in a tie-break, Israel’s top-ranked player – who reached the final of a WTA tournament in Hobart last week – defeated Czech Lucie Hradecka 6-7, 6-2, 6-1 in just under two hours on Wednesday.


Sela makes early exit at Australian Open

By Dan Goldberg, January 19, 2010

Israel’s Dudi Sela crashed out of the Australian Open on Tuesday.

Sela, 24, never hit his stride during his four-set defeat by Ukranian Ivan Sergeyev on Court 19 at Melbourne Park, despite the support of about 100 exuberant fans, including Israeli Ambassador Yuval Rotem who travelled from Canberra to see Israel’s top men’s player in action.

Rotem was also hoping to watch Shahar Peer in her first-round match, but bad weather on Monday forced her tie against Czech Lucie Hradecka to be postponed until Wednesday.


Odesnik reaches round two in Melbourne

By Danny Caro, January 18, 2010

Wayne Odesnik reached the second round of the Australian Open after beating Blaz Kavcic in four sets on Monday.

Ranked 89 in the world Odesnik, a naturalised American, came from behind to win 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in Melbourne.

The 24-year-old from Johannesburg will meet 27th seed Phillip Kohlschreiber or Harcio Zeballos in round two.


Peer reaches Hobart final

By Danny Caro, January 15, 2010

Shahar Peer warmed up for next week’s Australian Open grand slam by reached the final of the Hobart International.

Peer, 22, dismantled Sar Errani 6-2, 6-0 in 78 minutes in the semi-finals to reach her seventh WTA final.

The Israeli has started 2010 in excellent form, winning seven out of eight matches.

She will be seeded 29 in the Australian Open and plays Lucie Safarova (65) of the Czech Republic in the first round.

In the men’s singles, Dudi Sela will play one of the qualifiers.


Resurgent Peer aims for top 20

By Simon Griver, January 14, 2010

Shahar Peer sees the Australian Open as a stepping stone in her determined climb back to the top.

Ranked 30 in the world, Peer, 22, will be seeded in the Melbourne tournament which starts on Monday. This should prevent a repeat of last year’s first-round exit when unseeded, she was drawn against 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki.

“My target is to get back into the top 20 and a good run in Melbourne will help me do that,” said Peer. “I feel I am playing my best tennis ever at the moment.”