20 Apr - 21 Apr 2013, Sports Center Krylatskoye, Moscow, Russia, Clay, Indoor
Russia host Slovak Republic in this World Group semifinal clash. The teams have met twice before, with Russia winning 3-2 on both occasions, but the nations have not met since 2001. This is Russia's seventh consecutive semifinal appearance whereas the Slovak Republic are making their first semifinal appearance since 2002. They went on to win the competition that year.
Russia booked their place in the semifinal following a tough match with Japan. Ayumi Morita won both of her singles rubbers to put Japan 2-1 up in the tie but Russia fought back through Ekaterina Makarova who won her reverse singles rubber and then teamed up with Elena Vesnina to win the doubles rubber and send Russia through.
Slovak Republic are in the semifinal following a 3-2 victory over Serbia. Serbia were without their two best players and Daniela Hantuchova gave Slovak Republic the best start possible, beating Serbia's strongest player, Bojana Jovanovski, in the opening rubber. Slovakia suffered a blow in the second rubber when Dominika Cibulkova was forced to retire with an injury. Jana Cepelova replaced Cibulkova in the first reverse singles rubber, and won a marathon match against Jovanovski 11-9 in the final set. Hantuchova then defeated Vesna Dolonc to seal victory for Slovak Republic
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