Sweden and Great Britain both came through Europe/Africa Zone Group I to reach the World Group II play-offs. Although the British hold a 3-2 lead in the head to head it is Sweden who have won the two most recent meetings in 2001 and 2007.
Sweden had wins over Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungary and Greece in the round-robin phase of Group I action played in Israel. In the promotion play-off they had the tougher task of overcoming Poland led by Agnieszka Radwanska. They are looking to bounce straight back into World Group II having been relegated last year.
Portugal, Netherlands and hosts Israel were the victims of a Great Britain in the opening stage of competition before Anne Keothavong and Elena Baltacha won both the singles rubbers against Austria in the promotion play-off to cap a convincing first week of Judy Murray’s captaincy. Should they gain promotion it will be their first taste of World Group action since 1993.