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Israel’s hopes of advancing to the Fed Cup World Group II playoffs suffered a
significant blow on Thursday with a 2-1 loss to Poland in Eilat.
national team got its Europe/Africa Zone Group I Pool B campaign off to an ideal
start with a 3-0 victory over Luxemburg on Wednesday, but the defeat to Poland
means it no longer has its fate in its own hands.
In order to finish top
of its pool and progress to a tie for a place in the World Group II playoffs on
Saturday, Israel must beat Bulgaria in its final group game on Friday, and
Luxemburg must stun the Poles.
“We promised we would give our best, but
we never promised we would always win,” captain Lior Mor said. “This group is
still wide open and we will now have to beat Bulgaria.”
(world no. 205) is set to face either Elitsa Kostova (209) or Dia Evtimova (246)
in the first of Friday’s matches, with Shahar Pe’er (11) to play Tsvetana
Pironkova (33) in the second singles encounter of the day ahead of the doubles
Glushko claimed her second victory in as many days on Thursday,
giving Israel the start it wanted against Poland.
outplayed Magda Linette (171) in the important points and completed an
impressive 7-5, 6-3 victory.
Glushko’s win gave Pe’er the chance to
secure another Israeli victory, but she never really found her footing against
Agnieszka Radwanska (10).
The Pole dictated play from the start of the
match and eventually claimed a comfortable 6-3, 6-3 win against an erratic
Pe’er and Glushko still had another chance to clinch the win in
the doubles match, but Radwanska and Klaudia Jans dominated proceedings on the
way to a 6-3, 6-3 victory that seriously complicated Israel’s
“We were very close even though the score line doesn’t show
it,” Pe’er said. “It’s depressing to lose, but tomorrow is a new day and we need
to forget about this defeat.”