Tennis / Fed Cup / Peer and Glushko Fall Against Pair of Portuguese Teenagers

Duo have to beat Brits on Friday to keep playoff hopes alive.

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.