France and Slovenia will meet for the first time when they play each other in the World Group II play-offs. France had been an ever-present force in the World Group until this season while their opponents only appeared at that level in 2003-2004. This will be a key test for both nations in determining where they fit in the Fed Cup landscape.
France were handed a tough draw away to Slovak Republic in the first round of World Group II, facing two Top 20 ranked players. Virginie Razzano scored an upset on the first day against Dominika Cibulkova but Nicolas Escude rested her in favour of Alize Cornet in the fourth rubber, a move which backfired as the Slovak’s took an unassailable 3-1 lead rendering a doubles victory worthless.
Slovenia also played in an away tie in the first round of World Group II, failing to win a rubber in the Bourbon Beans Dome against Japan. Polona Hercog and Nastja Kolar were not able to match the experience of Kimiko Date-Krumm and Ayumi Morita. Although the Slovenian’s won the first set in each of the first three rubbers they were unable to close out matches something they will need to correct in this tie.