21 Apr - 22 Apr 2012, Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Germany, Clay, Indoor
This tie will see the renewal of a rivalry that dates back to the 1970s and 1980s when the nations would meet in the World Group on a regular basis. Australia had an upper-hand in the head to head in the early years but more recently it has become a less easy tie to predict. Germany won the most recent 2001 contest without losing a rubber to pull one back in the overall record which now stands at 7-4 in Australia’s favour.
German tennis has seen a renaissance in recent times and now boasts four players in Top 25 and a visibly close team led by Barbara Rittner. Their march through the Fed Cup ranks was halted by Czech Republic in the World Group first round when Petra Kvitova acted as the difference maker for the visiting side.
Australia will be looking to make a swift return to the World Group having been relegated last season in what was their first appearance in the division for seven years. Samantha Stosur led Australia with two singles win World Group II first round competition against Switzerland away in what turned out to be a comfortable 4-1 victory.
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