Israeli Tennis Duo Advances to Second Round at London Olympics

Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich, known as 'AndYoni,' beat their Spanish opponents in straight sets.

Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich progressed to the second round of the men's doubles tournament on Saturday, beating their Spanish opponents in straight sets.

Popularly known as "AndYoni," the Israeli pair took 49 minutes to win a tight first set on a tiebreak, after all 12 games went with serve.

The Israeli duo was hampered by extremely low first-serve figures, recording just 49 percent in the first set. They improved slightly in the second set, climbing to 61 percent, but were still out-served by the Spaniards.

Both duos had their serve broken once during the second set - the Israelis were broken in the third game, but broke back immediately. The second set also went to a tiebreak, which AndYoni won 7-3.

The Israeli duo will next face whomever wins the match between reigning Olympic champion Switzerland (Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka) and Japan (Go Soeda and Kei Nishikori). That game is set to take place on Sunday afternoon. The Israelis will be hoping that Federer is still suffering the aftereffects of his tough three-set singles victory over Alejandro Falla of Colombia.

In the women's singles today, Shahar Peer will attempt to overcome not only her aversion to playing on grass but also a far superior opponent in the shape of Maria Sharapova.

Peer, currently ranked 49th in the world and unseeded for the Olympics, has played Sharapova (world number 3 and third seed at the Games ) six times before - and has yet to win.

"I've really got nothing to lose," Peer told Haaretz yesterday. "I'll try to be as aggressive and nimble as possible. I don't like grass, but I'll do my best and you never know."