For the second straight day, Israel's Fed Cup tie wasn't decided until the third set of doubles play. This time, Shahar Peer and Julia Glushko were less fortunate - they fell to Group C rival Portugal 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.
Against the Netherlands, Julia Glushko was soundly beaten while Shahar Peer pulled off a closely fought battle. On Thursday, against Portugal it was the other way around.
Glushko had little trouble defeating Maria Joao Koehler 6-2, 6-4. But world no. 37 Peer was totally outclassed by Michelle Larcher De Brito, ranked 136th in the world, 6-1, 6-2. Peer committed a plethora of double faults and unforced errors.
In the doubles match, the Israelis struggled early against Larcher De Brito and Koehler, both 19-year-olds. They recovered in the second set with a series of breaks and looked hopeful early in the third. But the Portuguese broke the Israelis in the end to take the tie 2-1.
"It's very disappointing. We weren't lucky," Peer said. "We gave everything we had, but this time it wasn't enough to win the doubles." Glushko added that "tomorrow is a new day. We'll do our best again and hope it'll be enough."
Israel faces Britain on Friday, which beat Portugal Wednesday and the Netherlands last night 2-1.
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