Star-studded weekend on tap after Fed Cup draw day


In the World Group II Playoffs, World No.3 Garbiñe Muguruza will headline Spain’s effort against upstart Paraguay at home this weekend, as she and Carla Suarez Navarro are slated to play singles as the home team looks to maintain World Group II status.

Jelena Ostapenko and Anastasija Sevastova also will look to make history for Latvia, as they lead their team into Russia to take on a team which features Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Ekaterina Makarova, Elena Vesnina and Natalia Vikhlyantseva. 

The duo will face Pavlyuchenkova and Makarova in singles, and could be called upon to face three-time Grand Slam champions and Olympic gold medalists Makarova and Vesnina in doubles, though the nominated team is Diana Marcinkevica and 17-year-old Daniela Vismane.

Victory against Russia this weekend will see Latvia advance to World Group II for the first time, while Russia looks to avoid relegation to the Europe/Africa Zone Group I – a level that the powerhouse has not competed at since 1997.

Ukrainian No.2 Lesia Tsurenko and Kateryna Bondarenko will lead a three-woman Ukrainian team in Montreal, as they look to do the same against Eugenie Bouchard, Francoise Abanda and Canada. Elsewhere, Japan and Great Britain will square off for the first time in over 40 years, as BNP Paribas Open champion Naomi Osaka leads the home team’s effort against Johanna Konta and Heather Watson.

Nominations are subject to change at team captains’ discretion.

Keep up with all the Fed Cup action and your favorite players this weekend at fedcup.com.



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