Tennis

Ram and Erlich lead Olympic gold rush

By Simon Griver, August 7, 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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Spurned Sela threatens cup boycott

August 7, 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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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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Levy glad to go home

June 27, 2008

Harel Levy was in philosophical mood after he and American partner Jim Thomas suffered a straight sets defeat in the first round of the men’s doubles.

Playing on court 10, the pair lost 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 against Serbian duo Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki. The match finished in disappointing fashion as Levy lost his last service game to love.

The Israeli has failed to pass the second round in the singles at any grand slam this year and also failed to make it through the Wimbledon qualifiers in the singles.

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Little Levine walking tall

By Danny Caro, June 27, 2008

Standing 5ft 9 inches, Jesse Levine hardly cuts an imposing figure. But what the 20-year-old lacks in height, he more than makes up for with a big heart and a decent amount of talent.

The left-hand baseliner has fond memories of Wimbledon where he won the junior doubles title in 2005. His route to his first singles tournament at the event was somewhat tougher as the 21-year-old made the first round draw via four qualifying matches.

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Rejuvenated Peer bounces back in style

By Danny Caro, June 27, 2008

Shahar Peer returned to form with her first victory in four tournaments but she did it the hard way against England’s Katie O’Brien.

The 24th seed found herself 1-3 down in the first set and 0-5 down in the second, but managed to battle back in both, much to the disappointment of the home crowd. Reflecting on her win, Peer admitted her concentration had dropped on occasions and she was not satisfied with her play.

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