Fed-Cup 2005 - World Group - Here We Come!!
Israel starts this years campaign with it's 3 top players
9 time WTAtour champion - Anna Smashnova
4 time WTAtour Quarterfinalist - Shahar Peer
3 time WTAtour Quarterfinalist - Tzipora Obziler
16 year old young-promise - Elana Agranovich
So who are we?
We all know Anna Smashnova, with 9 titles of 9 finals, she represents Israel's finest. the highest ranked israeli, men or women at a career high of #15 now taking things easy as she closes on 30. She represented israel in fed cup for years now, and played the athens olympics as well.
Tzipora Obziler is a sweet story in israeli tennis. she diceded on retiring from the game, but was convinced to just play some tournies so she can help israel in Fed-Cup, and it turned out to lead her to a new career high, to some great results and this year she's been playing steady as well, posting a career best win over 47th ranked loit of france.
Shahar Peer bursted to the scene with her 2004 Australian Open grand slam victory. since then she has grown from strength to strength and this week she has proved finally that she has adapted well to the big girls game, reaching a new career-highin the top100. three QF this year, a set from rolland garros champion anastacia myskina and solid all around game make her a great weapon against any top player Israel might encounter.
Elana Agranovich is the surprise girl in the squad, as she is only the 304th ranked junior with no evidence of her game shown yet. one could asume israel's top doubles player yevgenia savransky would play in the doubles rubber, but the 16 year old took her place instead. the unknown youngster might prove to be pleasant surprise, and this just might be the time to show her talent.
who is up against Israel?
israel, is the third highest ranked country in this stage and should get to the next level. we are the 22nd ranked country in the world will play three other countries from the following list - ranking in brackets:
Belarus (23), Bulgaria (24), Denmark (49), Estonia (25), Great Britain (37), Greece (52), Hungary(29), Luxembourg (41), Netherlands (33), Poland, Serbia & Montenegro (28), Slovenia (17), South Africa (38), Sweden (31), Ukraine (21)
Israeli players Win/Loss in fed cup:
Anna smashnova - 39/26
Shahar Peer 0/5
Tzipora Obziler 36/28
Agranovich - first fed-cup showing
(my computer is having problems so i'll be updating this later - but in general - Go Israel! kick some Shiksa ASS!)
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Last edited by Shonami Slam; Apr 12th, 2005 at 03:49 PM.