Tennis

Basilashvili wins Israel Open

By Simon Griver, April 14, 2015

The £85,000 Electra Israel Open in Ra’anana, the most expensive tennis tournament held in Israel in more than 20 years, was won by Nikolov Basilashvili.

The unseeded Georgian beat second seed, Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the final.

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Turkish delight for Sela

By Simon Griver, April 13, 2015

Dudi Sela was rewarded for a series of excellent performances with victory at the Batman Challenger Tournament in Turkey.

His run culminated in a 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 victory over top seed Blaz Kavcic (77) in the final.

The win sees Sela climb 19 places to 93 in the ATP rankings and guarantee qualification for the main draw in next month's French Open, and almost certainly at Wimbledon too.

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Odesnik banned for 15 years

March 19, 2015

Wayne Odesnik has announced his retirement from the tennis circuit after receiving a 15-year doping ban.

The 29-year-old tested positive for several banned substances, both at the end of 2014 and the beginning of this year.

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Rain stopped play, apparently, but there’s no rush to finish

By Danny Caro, March 10, 2015

North-west London came to a grinding halt on Sunday as cup final fever, and a match at the Emirates, gripped the capital. Only four matches went ahead in the MGBSFL. Some were called off due to waterlogged pitches, but I believe the lure of the aforementioned fixtures stopped other clubs from going that extra mile to get their games played.

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Davis Cup woe for Israel

By Danny Caro, March 8, 2015

Israel succumbed to a 5-0 Davis Cup whitewash against Romania following a disappointing showing in Sibiu.

With Dudi Sela and Bar Botzer losing their respective Singles matches on Friday, the tie was effectively ended when Idan Leshem and Botzer went down in the doubles.

Israel must now overcome Slovenia in the first round play-off during the summer to maintain their Group 1 status.

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Peer saves Israel from relegation

By Simon Griver, February 10, 2015

Shahar Peer saved Israel from relegation in the Federation Cup.

After losing to Belgium and Croatia in the Europe/Africa Zone A in Hungary, Peer returned from injury for the final match to lead a 2-1 victory over Latvia.

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Camila won me over, says Venus

By Danny Caro, January 30, 2015

Camila Giorgi received praise from Venus Williams after bowing out of the Australian Open at the third round stage.

The fearless Italian pushed Williams, the former world no. 1, all the way in a three-set thriller in Melbourne.

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Sela blown away by Nadal

By Danny Caro, January 23, 2015

Dudi Sela's excellent run at the Australian Open came to a halt at the third-round stage as he was outclassed by world no. 3 Rafa Nadal.

Having eliminated 28th seed Lukas Rosol on Wednesday, Sela was simply swept aside by the Spaniard who showed no signs of the injury problems which hampered him in a five-setter during his round two match.

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Sela stuns Rosol to reach round three

By Danny Caro, January 21, 2015

Dudi Sela maintained his excellent run at the Australian Open with a second-round victory over 28th seed Lukas Rosol.

Sela (106) swept aside the Czech 7-6, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 to equal his best-ever performance at the Melbourne grand slam, when, in 2009, he lost to Jo Wilfried-Tsonga in the third round.

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Giorgi knocks out seeded Pennetta

January 20, 2015

Italy's Camila Giorgi caused one of the upsets of the first round at the Australian Open with victory over compatriot Flavia Pennetta.

After losing the first set 6-4, Giorgi recovered in style to win the next two sets 6-2, 6-3 against her 12th-seeded opponent.

Giorgi will meet Tereza Smitkova of the Czech Republic in round two.

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