Argentina and Japan face off for the eighth time in the 2014 World Group II first round. Argentina host the meeting and will be looking to level the head-to-head scoreline, with Japan currently leading 4-3. Japan won their last meeting 4-0 back in 2011.
Argentina scored an impressive upset victory when they defeated Great Britain 3-1 on the clay of Parque Roca in Buenos Aires in their World Group II play-off. Paula Ormaechea was their top performer as she won both of her singles rubbers, including defeating world No. 38 Laura Robson.
Japan were soundly beaten 4-0 by Spain in their World Group play-off and were relegated to World Group II as a result. The Japanese team struggled on the clay in Barcelona and will be hoping to cope better in Argentina.