Israel got off to a flying start on the first day of the Fed Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group 1 tournament yesterday, with a 3-0 victory over Sweden.
In the first rubber, Anna Smashnova - in her 70th Fed Cup rubber for her country - beat Johanna Larsson in straight sets. Shahar ensured the Israeli victory by beating Sofia Arvidsson in the second rubber. The clean sweep was completed by the doubles team of Peer and Tzipi Obziler, who saw off Johanna Larsson and Nadja Roma, despite losing the first set 6-2.
Israel was drawn in Pool D of the 17-nation tournament, which is being held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The winners of each pool will play-off to decide which two nations will be promoted to the World Group II Play-offs in July 2006. The nations in last position in each pool will play-off to decide which two nations will be relegated to Group II in 2007.
Also in Israel's pool yesterday, Belarus beat Estonia 2-1.
In today's action, Smashnova will make history by breaking the record for the the most number of Fed Cup matches for her country. When Israel faces Romania, it will be Smashnova's 59th appearance, taking her past Spaniard Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario.
In the second Pool D match, Sweden faces Estonia.
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