USA host Sweden in this World Group play-off tie. The two nations have met on four previous occasions and USA lead the head-to-head 3-1. It was Sweden, however, who won the most recent clash between the two nations, but that was in 1988.
USA are facing relegation following a 3-2 defeat on the clay courts of Italy. Despite Varvara Lepchenko's debut heroics, USA could not win a third point, and, when it came down to the doubles, Italy, boasting the No. 1 doubles team in the world, were always the favourites.
Sweden are fighting for promotion following a sensational comeback against Argentina. Sweden were the overwhelming favourites but found themselves 0-2 down after the first day's play. They rallied on day two though. There was an element of fortune when Paula Ormaechea was forced to retire during the third set of her match against Sofia Arvidsson, but, after Sweden won that first point, they did not look back, winning the last two rubbers without dropping a set.