This will be the first ever meeting between Ukraine and USA. Both nations are making a habit of featuring in the World Group play-offs as the USA attempt to bounce straight back into the top tier. Ukraine meanwhile are playing in the round for the sixth consecutive year having won three and lost two in previous years.
Ukraine might consider themselves unlucky to be back in the play-offs on this occasion having played a spirited tie against Italy in Biella. Lesia Tsurenko won both her singles matches to put her side level going into the doubles but partnering Olga Savchuk could not get over the finish line leaving Ukraine still looking for a first World Group win.
Having been relegated in 2011 for the first time USA, with both Williams sisters back in the team, stormed past Belarus 5-0 in their World Group II tie. The American team are the most successful in Fed Cup history having won the title 17 times but it has now been over a decade since their last taste of glory.