Cup of woe for Israel
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.