Sports Shorts

Peer's slump stretches to six first-round exits after U.S. Open defeat

Two Israeli tennis players were knocked out of the first round of the U.S. Open. For Julia Glushko, just qualifying was an accomplishment, but for Shahar Peer it was another sign of her extensive slump. Peer lost yesterday to Spaniard Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino - who is just 20 years old and ranked 114th in the world - 6-4, 7-6 (5 ). The defeat was Peer's sixth first-round exit in a row. The Spaniard took the first five games of the first set and came back from a 2-0 deficit in the second to force a tiebreak. Peer led 5-3 before dropping the final four point. Glushko met Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium late Sunday night, putting up a fight against the 25th seed before falling 7-5, 6-2. (Rami Hipsh )

Hashim Amla's 150 runs inspires South Africa to ODI victory over England

South Africa's cricket team made light work of England in the second One Day International in Southampton yesterday. South Africa defeated the hosts by 80 runs, to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series after being set up by Hashim Amla's 150. England was set a target of 288 to win, following Amla's stellar innings after the Proteas, who now top the world rankings in all three forms of the game, won the toss and elected to bat. England's run chase got off to a horrible start before being bowled out for 207. (Reuters )