Shahar Peer 311.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
Israel’s hopes of advancing to the Fed Cup World Group II playoffs were handed a
boost on Monday, when the national team was drawn to face Poland, Bulgaria and
Luxembourg in Eilat next week in Pool B of Europe/Africa Zone Group
The Israel squad, composed of Shahar Pe’er (No. 12 in the world),
Julia Glushko (233), Keren Shlomo (530) and Valeria Patiuk, will need to finish
the pool in first position to advance to a tie against another of the four pool
winners for a place in April’s World Group II playoffs.
nations in each pool face a fight to avoid relegation.
Besides Israel, 14
other teams will be coming to Eilat, with the matches to begin on Tuesday and
end on Saturday.
“We received a reasonable draw,” Israel captain Lior Mor
said. “Clearly, it could have been tougher as we may have been placed with the
likes of Switzerland, Romania and Hungary.
However, it could have also
been easier. The teams we were handed may not look that good on paper, but they
will be tough to crack and every tie will be open.”
Bulgaria is led by
Tsvetana Pironkova (36), Elitsa Kostova (216) and Dia Evtimova (258), while
Poland will have to manage with Magda Linette (176) and Urszula Radwanska (201),
with Agnieszka Radwanska (14) set to forgo next week’s
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Luxembourg, with Mandy Minella (135) and Anne Kremer (196), is
regarded as the weakest team in the pool, but will not be easy to beat
Pool A emerged as the group of death in Eilat, with Switzerland,
Great Britain and Denmark being drawn together.
Switzerland is led by
Patty Schnyder alongside fellow Top 50 player Timea Bacsinszky, while Great
Britain has named Elena Baltacha and Anne Keothavong. However, Denmark boasts
world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki.
Belarus, having nominated world No. 9
Victoria Azarenka and world No.
73 Olga Govortsova, will be the favorite
in Pool C, which also includes Austria, Croatia and Greece. Pool D will be
competed between Hungary, Romania, Netherlands and Latvia.
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