These two nations are meeting for the seventh time with Russia holding a 5-1 lead in their head-to-head series. The Russians have won the last two fixtures, in 2007 and 2008, but before that their three previous wins came when they played under the combined Soviet Union flag. Spain’s lone victory was in 1989.
Russia have been one of the dominant Fed Cup forces in recent years having won the title four times since 2004. Last season, Shamil Tarpischev’s team finished runner-up after eventually falling to Czech Republic in the Final, but they will be among the favourites to go all the way this time around. The Russian captain currently has ten players ranked within the Top 100 at his disposal.
If Russia were the leading Fed Cup side in the 2000s, then Spain were most certainly the same in the 1990s, when Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and Conchita Martinez led the team to five titles. Spain, having just spent two years in World Group II, were promoted back to Fed Cup’s top division in 2011 with wins over Estonia and France.