Shang­hai sur­prise

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

TEN­NIS IS­RAEL’S lead­ing dou­bles pair­ing of Jonathan Er­lich and Andy Ram were this week in con­tention for reach­ing the semi-fi­nals of the pres­ti­gious Masters Cup in Shang­hai.

The duo gained en­try into the endof-sea­son clas­sic com­pe­ti­tion — fea­tur­ing the world’s top eight — at the last minute af­ter in­jury forced top seeds Mike and Bob Bryan to with­draw.

They started with a 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 vic­tory over Paul Hanley (Aus­tralia) and Kevin Ul­lyett (Zim­babwe).

This was fol­lowed by a 6-4, 7-5 de­feat to Le­an­der Paes (In­dia) and Martin Damm (Czech Repub­lic).

This left the Is­raelis need­ing a vic­tory in their fi­nal gold group match against Jonas Bjork­man (Swe­den) and Max Mirnyi (Be­larus), while they also needed Hanley and Ul­lyett to lose their last match in or­der to progress.

The fi­nal group match was sched­uled to be played yes­ter­day.

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