Cup of woe for Israel

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY SI­MON GRIVER

TEN­NIS TZIPI Obziler re­flected on a “tough week” af­ter Israel’s women’s team were rel­e­gated to the Fed Cup Europe-Africa Zone Group II for the first time since 1999.

Israel fin­ished bot­tom of Group D af­ter los­ing to Ser­bia, Es­to­nia and Bul­garia.

Need­ing to beat Ge­or­gia, Ju­lia Glushko (193) won her sin­gles match but de­feats for Deniz Khaz­a­niuk and then Glushko and Khaz­a­niuk in the dou­bles sealed their fate.

Israel cap­tain Tzipi Obziler said: “We lost six close-fought three-set matches and had just one of those matches gone our way we wouldn’t be in this po­si­tion.”

The na­tional team is strug­gling to ad­just to life af­ter Sha­har Peer. The for­mer world No. 11, aged 29, has not of­fi­cially an­nounced her re­tire­ment but she has not played in a tour­na­ment for nearly 12 months.

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