Israel’s Fed Cup team opened its Europe/Africa Zone Group I campaign in Budapest, Hungary, with a resounding 3-0 defeat to Croatia on Wednesday.
Keren Shlomo, ranked No. 1,100 in the world, replaced the injured Shahar Pe’er and was thrashed 6-3, 6-0 in just 49 minutes by 17-year-old Croat Ana Konjuh (99).
Julia Glushko (146) at least put up a fight against Donna Vekic (84), but she was also ultimately beaten 6-1, 6-7, 7-5. Israel’s miserable day was capped by a 6-0, 6-0 loss in the doubles encounter, with Alona Pushkarevsky (1,148) and Shlomo being embarrassed by Konjuh and Darija Jurak.