Olga Fridman may still be officially representing Ukraine, but on Saturday she became the new Israel national tennis champion.
The 17-year-old, ranked No. 276 in the world, surprised No. 1 seed Julia Glushko (126) 6-2, 6-2 in the rain-postponed final in Ramat Hasharon, steamrolling the favorite in a mere 47 minutes.
Despite already holding Israeli citizenship and living in the country in recent years, Fridman remains listed as a Ukrainian player, although she hopes not for much longer.
“I’d really like to represent Israel, but at the moment it depends on my parents. I really love the country and I believe it will eventually happen,” said Fridman.
“I’m really excited at winning, but to be honest I was expecting more of a fight from Julia.”