Tennis

Levine off to a flyer at Wimbledon

By Danny Caro, June 26, 2012

American ace Jessie Levine made an excellent start at Wimbledon, with a first-round victory over Karol Beck on Day Two.

Left-hander Levine, 24, won a hard-fought first set with a crucial break before the experienced Beck, 30, rallied to win even things up in a second set tie-break.

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Peace plan ticks all the boxes

By Danny Caro, May 31, 2012

It was heartening to read the ICC’s glowing report on the cricket4peace project in Israel. Philip Hudson, the ICC Regional Performance Officer for Europe, and Roland Lefebvre, the High Performance Manager for the KNCB, praised the efforts of the Israel Cricket Association for the award-winning scheme that allows Israeli and Palestinian children to play cricket without fear or prejudice.

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Peer blown away by Ivanovic

By Simon Griver, May 30, 2012

Shahar Peer is out of the French Open after she was beaten by 13th seed Ana Ivanovic in just 55 minutes.

The Israeli was unable to repeat the form which saw her beat Ivanovic on all their three previous meetings.

She bowed out 2-6, 2-6 against the Serbian.

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Peer in, Sela out at French Open

By Simon Griver, May 30, 2012

There were mixed fortunes for Israel's top players in the opening round of the singles competition at the French Open at Roland Garros.

Shahar Peer, ranked 55, cruised into the second round with a straight sets victory over Stephanie Dubois (97) of Canada.

Dudi Sela tumbled out 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 against seventh seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.

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Israelis aim to impress at French Open

By Simon Griver, May 17, 2012

Israel’s top players go into the French Open needing good performances to qualify for the Olympics.

Dudi Sela, ranked 71, must reach the top 55 to meet the criteria set by the Olympic Committee of Israel to play in London. But Sela is lowering expectations. He said: “I’ve been training hard on clay in Israel as I want to do well in Paris because it’s a grand slam tournament.

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Joy for Ram and Erlich

By Simon Griver, May 10, 2012

Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram boosted their chances of qualifying for this summer’s Olympic Games after winning the men’s doubles title at the Serbian Open.

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Tough draw for Israel

By Simon Griver, April 11, 2012

Israel have been handed a tough draw away to Japan in their bid to return to the Davis Cup World Group.

They reached the promotion playoff after beating Portugal 3-1 in the Europe/Africa Zone Group tie at Ramat Hasharon.

Israel marched into an unassailable 3-0 lead after Dudi Sela, Amir Weintraub and doubles specialists Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich won their matches.

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Sela on track for Olympics

By Simon Griver, March 8, 2012

Dudi Sela moved a step closer towards qualifying for the London Olympics after reaching the semi-final of the Delray Beach International in Florida.

The Israeli has climbed to 63 in the ATP rankings following a successful run that saw him beat Finland's Jarrko Nieminen (43) and Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber (32) to reach his first ATP semi-final since January 2010.

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Dubai cheer for Shahar

By Simon Griver, February 23, 2012

Shahar Peer was given a wild card entry into the Dubai Championships three years after being excluded from the competition after the UAE refused her a visa.

Drawn against Fatma Al Nabhani (557) from Oman, the other wild card entry, in the opening round, the local media billed the game as Israel versus the Arab world.

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Federation Cup failure for Israel

By Simon Griver, February 7, 2012

Israel failed to take advantage of playing at home in the Federation Cup European Group qualifiers in Eilat, as they missed out on a place in the World Group playoffs.

Defeats against Britain and Portugal meant that a victory over Holland counted for nothing.

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