Spain will play host to Japan in this World Group play-off. Spain are looking to be promoted following their World Group II victory over Ukraine whereas Japan are trying to stave off relegation following their World Group first round defeat at the hands of Russia. This will be the second meeting between these two nations, with Spain winning the first 3-0.
Spain reached this play-off after a comfortable 3-1 victory over Ukraine in the World Group II first round. The headlines surrounded Spain's young debutante Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor who won the crucial third point for Spain with an impressive 64 62 victory over Yuliya Beygelzimer. That was after Spain's top two players both won their singles on day one. Ukraine won the dead doubles rubber to earn a point.
Japan are facing relegation after they lost 3-2 to Russia in the World Group first round. Ayumi Morita was Japan's star of the weekend, winning both of her singles rubbers. Unfortunately, it proved to not be enough as Russia went on to claim the deciding doubles rubber and condemn Japan to a World Group play-off.