Donna will find herself in a completely new situation - to be the team leader A lot of pressure on young shoulders, that's for sure, but it could actually do a lot of good for her confidence as well. Yes, Jurak would be a good replacement considering she is not defending any major points until later in the month and would be an amazing help for doubles. Savic is probably out of the question cause she's already in Australia getting ready for tournaments and to cancel all that off and come to Israel would be asking for a lot. Vrljic wouldn't be of much help ATM due to her recent (in)activity and questionable form.
Btw, I haven't heard anything about a replacement for Martic either. Hopefully it's Jurak, but in case she can't make it, I think Vrljic would be the next best thing all things considered. But next week she is defending some points (a semi of a 25k) so I'm not sure she'll be available.
Yes, winning the group would be great as well, as it would be a step forward compared to past seasons. But on a side note guys, Paszek has been erased from the Austrian list, but Petra hasn't been removed from ours I guess they're just waiting to find a replacement before they confirm the change.
Just to stay at this level, for 1-2 years more is good. Many young girls coming through and forget Lucic, she is not the team player. Petra is needed, though she needs time for recover and training, and career progress. Austria are not so great, Georgia are okay and Belarus will be good. Donna lost to one of the Belarus players last year in a bad way, so this does not mean well.
Well if Govortsova is out as well, that certainly helps us. Still, there'll be some nasty draws for the youngsters against experienced defensive players like Meusburger, where Iva's presence will play an essential role.