Blue-and-white facing critical Fed Cup tie vs Latvia

Israel’s Fed Cup team will face a decisive tie against relegation to Europe/Africa Zone Group II should it fail to defeat Latvia in Group I Pool D action in Budapest, Hungary on Friday.

After falling to Croatia in its opener, the blue-and-white suffered its second straight 3-0 thrashing on Thursday, this time at the hands of Belgium.

Shahar Pe’er sat out the singles matches once more due to an ankle injury and Alona Pushkarevsky, ranked No. 1,148 in the world, never really had any hope against Alison Van Uytvanck (102) in the first encounter of the day, losing 6-0, 6-3. Julia Glushko (146) didn’t last long on court either against Yanina Wickmayer (66), losing 6-3, 6-2.


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