Tennis

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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Cracks over China as Sela slams selectors

By Danny Caro, June 27, 2008

Dudi Sela has taken a swipe at the Israeli sporting establishment following his omission from the country’s Olympic delegation for the Beijing Games.

Sela needed to survive the early stages at Wimbledon in order to earn a late reprieve, having dropped down the world rankings.

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It's Game on for Sela

By Simon Griver, June 20, 2008

Eyal Berkovic is set to become the new manager of Israel’s Under 17 team.

Now 36, Berkovic won 82 caps for Israel during a career that took him from Maccabi Haifa to Southampton, West Ham, Celtic, Blackburn, Manchester City, Portsmouth and finished at Maccabi Tel Aviv in May, 2006.

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Patched-up Levy gets second chance after qualifying woe

By Mike Sinclair, June 20, 2008

Wimbledon ended before it started for crestfallen Israeli star Harel Levy whose hopes of making the main draw were dashed in the first round of the singles qualifying tournament in Roehampton.

Ranked 30 in the world in 2001, Levy had claimed the scalps of Pete Sampras in his prime but he was forced to try to qualify because his world ranking of 159 was too low for direct entry. He lost 6-2, 7-5 to Frederic Niemeyer, Canada’s world No 237.

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You're fired

June 6, 2008

Shahar Peer has sacked her Spanish coaching team of Conchita Martinez and Gabriel Urpe after crashing out in the first round.

The 21-year-old Israeli, who is set to play at the Beijing Olympics, fared slightly better in the women’s doubles. Together with Russian partner Victoria Azarenka, they were eliminated at the quarter-finals stage.

Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich ensured a disappointing competition for Israel after bowing out in the third round in the men’s doubles.

Ram and Nathalie Dechy of France, who won the mixed doubles title last year, crashed out in the first round.

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Israelis eliminated in Paris

By Simon Griver, May 30, 2008

Shahar Peer was the most high profile Jewish casualty in the first round at Roland Garros, crashing out to a player ranked 132 places below her.

The 17th seed Israeli continued her poor run with a three-set defeat against Australian Samantha Stosur. Tzipi Obziler (91) put up a brave fight before going down in similar fashion against eighth seed Venus Williams. Obziler, 35 succumbed 6-2 in the decider. She said: “Naturally I’m disappointed but I can take a lot of satisfaction from the ability I showed.”

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French test for Peer

By Simon Griver, May 23, 2008

Shahar Peer is looking to dig herself out of the biggest crisis of her career and get back on track in the French Open, which starts on Monday.

The clay at Roland Garros in Paris is usually Peer’s favourite surface but her preparations for the second grand slam of the year have gone awry after a shoulder injury forced her to withdraw from last week’s Berlin Open and this week’s Strasbourg tournament.

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