04 Feb - 05 Feb 2012, Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Germany, Hard, Indoor
Germany and Czech Republic are facing each for the seventh time. The Czechs won their most recent meeting in 2010, which extended their overall head-to-head advantage over the Germans to 5-1. However, four of their six ties took place when the two nations played under the former flags of West Germany and Czechoslovakia.
Germany are two-time Fed Cup winners, in 1987 and 1992, with Steffi Graf spearheading the team on both occasions. Last season, Germany gained promotion back to the World Group after a one-year absence, following wins against Slovenia and USA. They have selected the same venue for this tie – the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart – as the one that was used to host the Americans.
Czech Republic enter this tie as the reigning Fed Cup champions. Their sixth title-winning campaign saw them triumph over Slovak Republic, Belgium and Russia. Their previous five successes were achieved between 1975 and 1988. This is Czech Republic’s fifth straight away tie.
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