09 Feb - 10 Feb 2013, Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia, Hard, Indoor
Japan travel to Russia in the World Group first round for the first meeting between the two nations.
Russia suffered defeat in last year’s semifinal when they played Serbia in Moscow. Svetlana Kuznetsova had levelled the tie at the end of the first days play but victories for Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic to open Sunday put the tie beyond the hosts reach.
Japan won promotion back into the World Group having last been in the elite division back in 2007. Slovenia were the first victims for the Japanese before Belgium were dismissed with relative ease. Ayumi Morita extended her winning streak in the competition to 12, picking up three victories in the first tie and a further two in the latter.
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