Next tie 2015
Japan has been relegated to Asia/Oceania Zone Group I for the 2015 season. The draw takes place closer to the event.
Last tie 19-20 April 2014
Japan fell short in a tough away tie against Netherlands, which resulted in relegation for the Japanese team after three years in World Group II or higher. Netherlands' Kiki Bertens levelled the tie at 1-1 with a straight sets win over Misaki Doi, after Kurumi Nara had defeated Arantxa Rus in three tight sets. And in a dramatic clash with Bertens in the third rubber, Nara just missed out, losing the final set 79. Rus then found her game to defeat Doi, consigning the Japanese to a season in Asia/Oceania Zone Group I.
Japan are former Fed Cup semifinalists, having reached the last four in 1996. A year later, Japan’s World Group first round tie against France entered the record books on three counts - most number of games in a tie (162) and joint most number of games in a rubber (54) and set (32), when Nathalie Tauziat defeated Naoko Sawamatsu 75 46 1715.
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