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Israel's top players on the brink of another kind of breakthrough

It's been a great year for Israeli players, with Shahar Peer's season-long stint in the top 20, solid play by the doubles team of Erlich and Ram, and a Davis Cup victory that put the nation into the World Group. 2008 could bring another breakthrough as the Israeli players weigh whether to compete in Muslim countries that are normally off-limits to them.

Originally Published: November 13, 2007
By Bonnie D. Ford | Special to ESPN.com

It's been a notable year for Israel's small band of elite tennis players.

Shahar Peer reached two Grand Slam quarterfinals, maintained her perch in the WTA's top 20 all season and reached a career high-water mark of No. 15 early in the season.

Doubles partners Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich beat the top-ranked Bryan brothers in Cincinnati for their first Masters Series title and are competing with the ATP's best at the year-end championships in Shanghai for the second straight year, courtesy ...

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