Serbia edged out by Israel

Serbia edged out by Israel

Serbia & Montenegro lost an agonisingly close Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Europe/Africa Zone Group I play-off against Israel. Ana and her team-mates went down 2-1 after three incredibly dramatic rubbers.

Serbian No.2 Ana Timotic faced Anna Smashnova the first singles rubber and was 6-4, 5-4 behind when, amazingly, the Israeli was forced to retire through injury.

Ana could have sealed victory for Serbia but Israeli No.1 Shahar Peer, who has been in top form this week, triumphed 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the second rubber.

The tie therefore came down to the doubles rubber, in which Ana and Danica Krstajic faced Peer and Tina Obziler. Israel won the opening set 6-1 but Serbia hit back to take the second 6-4.

Just as Serbia & Montenegro’s opening doubles rubber in the competition went deep into the deciding set, so they toiled here. Serbia served for the match, but Israel eventually clinched the third set 10-8 to seal overall victory.

The result means that Serbia & Montenegro must remain in Europe/Africa Zone Group I of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas for at least another year.
photo: Lyudmil Grancharov