The Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II play-offs continue on Sunday, although the tie between Sweden and China will only just be getting under way after a delayed start.
Keep up-to-date with scores and post-match reaction below…
SPAIN defeated POLAND 4-1
> Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) 63 61
> Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP) d. Marta Domachowska (POL) 76(4) 62
> Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP) d. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 63 64
> Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) d. Marta Domachowska (POL) 63 62
> Nuria Llagostera Vives/Arantxa Parra-Santonja (ESP) d. Klaudia Jans/Alicja Rosolska (POL) 62 64
Spain overcame Poland in Sopot 4-1 with Carla Suarez Navarro clinching the decisive point in the fourth rubber by overcoming Marta Domachowska 63 62.
Carla Suarez Navarro: "I played a really good match, I was relaxed and could play my game. I think that the previous match was decisive. Maria played a great match and she won, which made me more relaxed. We have a really strong team here. Jordi Arrese, Felix Mantilla, they really help us. We talk to them every evening. Yesterday they told me that I can do it, I am strong, I just have to stay focused and relaxed and.. well... I did that."
Marta Domachowska: "I did my best, but she played a really good match... Lately I have been travelling without a coach and I have to say that it has been tough. I had some good results, but most of the time this was not the case. That is why I have decided to hire a coach. I do not know yet who, but right now our Fed Cup team captain (Tomasz Wiktorowski) will help me as often as he can."
The teams were tied at 1-1 after the opening day when Agnieszka Radwanska defeated Suarez Navarro 63 61 and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez then drew Spain level by overcoming Domachowska 76(4) 62.
Martinez Sanchez beat Radwanska in the battle of the No. 1 players in the first reverse singles on Sunday before Suarez Navarro sealed Spain's place in World Group II for 2011. Poland will contest Europe/Africa Zone Group I next year.
Martinez Sanchez: "It was tough, I was losing 1-3 in the first set, but eventually I won 63. I think that my service games were decisive, I have won most of them. Conchita (Martinez) texted us yesterday. She wished us good luck. Fed Cup is very important in my country. We won it five times already. It will be tough to do better than Conchita (Martinez) and Arantxa (Sanchez Vicario), but we are fighting for every match, for every tie."
Radwanska: "I think that with a little bit of luck, I could have won this match. I led 40-0 or 40-15 in several games, both on mine and on her serve. I did not use my chances. The surface is not as fast as it should be, the ball does not bounce as high as it should, I am really surprised with that, because we chose taraflex and it turns out that we could have chosen clay as well."
Spanish captain Miguel Margets Lobato: "It is a very important win for us. I think that we have a very strong team. These girls like to travel, they like to work hard and when one wants to win Fed Cup, one has to travel a lot and be dedicated to tennis. I am proud of this team. I work with the Spanish Federation for 17 years already. I have travelled with players like Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Conchita Martinez, Virginia Ruano. I think that their results, great results, help this team."
Tomasz Wiktorowski: "What went wrong? I don't know. Agnieszka can't win every match, Urszula (Radwanska) is injured. They played a really good tie. Of course we are disappointed, but what can we do? We'll keep practising, keep on fighting. I will help Marta the next couple of weeks, I think that she has got huge potential. She asked me for help and it's my pleasure to help her."
Nuria Llagostera Vives partnered Arantxa Parra-Santonja to defeat Klaudia Jans and Alicja Rosolska 62 64 in the final dead doubles rubber.
CANADA defeated ARGENTINA 5-0
> Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Paula Ormaechea (ARG) 64 62
> Valerie Tetreault (CAN) d. Jorgelina Cravero (ARG) 64 63
> Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Jorgelina Cravero (ARG) 64 64
> Valerie Tetreault (CAN) d. Paula Ormaechea (ARG) 67(6) 61 61
> Sharon Fichman/Marie-Eve Pelletier (CAN) d. Jorgelino Cravero/Aranza Salut (ARG) 64 62
Aleksandra Wozniak proved her Canadian No. 1 status by clinching the decisive point in Canada's World Group II play-off tie against Argentina, to ensure her nation's place in World Group II in 2010.
The French-Canadian defeated Jorgelina Cravero 64 64 in the first of Sunday's reverse singles. She also opened up the tie with a win over Paula Ormaechea 64 62 on Saturday.
Fed Cup debutant Valerie Tetreault followed her example by overcoming the Argentina No. 1 Cravero 64 63 to give Canada a 2-0 lead after the first day's play.
On Saturday Wozniak said: “I am so happy to be back home and playing in front of our fans. They gave me so much energy and I had a lot of fun on the court. I can’t wait to play again tomorrow.”
Tetreault: “It took me a few games to get into the match, but I was able to find my rhythm and I felt like I was controlling most of the points. I had a lot of fun on the court. It was like something I have never experienced before in my life. I felt like everyone was behind me and supporting me so it helped me get over the nerves I was feeling playing in my first Fed Cup match.”
On Sunday, Tetreault maintained her form, coming back from a set down against Paula Ormaechea to claim a fourth point for the host nation. Sharon Fichman and Marie-Eve Pelletier then capped a fantastic weekend for the Canadians by winning the doubles rubber.
SLOVENIA defeated JAPAN 4-1
> Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) d. Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 75 61
> Polona Hercog (SLO) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 36 61 63
> Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 64 64
> Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 61 64
> Tateja Majeric/Masa Zec-Peskiric (SLO) d. Rika Fujiwara/Yurika Sema (JPN) 64 67(1) 63
Katarina Srebotnik has assured Slovenia its World Group II place by overcoming Ayumi Morita 61 64 to clinch the decisive third point. This is Srebotnik's second win of the weekend as she won the battle of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award winners on Saturday by defeating Kimiko Date-Krumm 75 61.
Teammate Polona Hercog gave the home nation the perfect opening day score in Maribor when she followed Srebotnik's win by overcoming Morita 36 61 63.
There was some hope for Japan when Date-Krumm pulled back a point in the first of Sunday's reverse singles, defeating Hercog 64 64, but it wasn't enough, and Japan will compete in Asia/Oceania Zone Group I in 2011.
Slovenia made it 4-1 when Tateja Majeric and Masa Zec-Peskiric paired up to beat Rika Fijiwara and Yurika Sema 64 67(1) 63.
SWEDEN leads CHINA, P.R. 2-0
Johanna Larsson (SWE) d. Shuai Peng (CHN) 62 64
Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. Shuai Zhang (CHN) 64 63
Monday – Play starts at 12:00 hrs (10:00 hrs GMT)
Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) v Shuai Peng (CHN)
Johanna Larsson (SWE) Shuai Zhang (CHN)
Sofia Arvidsson/Johanna Larsson (SWE) v Shuai Peng/Shuai Zhang (CHN)
Sweden has had a perfect opening day in its Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II play-off tie against China winning both singles rubbers. Johanna Larsson caused an upset in the opening rubber by defeating the Chinese No. 1 Shuai Peng 62 64 in Helsingborg. Sofia Arvidsson followed up with a 64 63 victory over Shuai Zhang.
Larsson: “For sure one of my biggest wins ever. When I had match point I got really nervous and had goose bumps and I thought – this cannot go well – so I was thrilled when she missed the return and it was over.”
Peng: “I couldn´t find the rhythm and the ball didn´t listen to me today and I had no energy at all. I came from clay and just a couple of days here after problems with the flights. Hope I can do better tomorrow.”
Arvidsson: “With Johanna's win the pressure on my opponent was bigger and I felt that I wanted to play good in front of a lot of friends."
Swedish captain Maria Strandlund Tomsvik: “China is still favorites, they have a great team and now they will have one more day to get rid of the jet leg and used to the surface.”
Larsson and Arvidsson both play for a local club in Helsingborg, making it an extra special home coming this weekend.