The 2012 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Playoff draw was conducted earlier today, and the U.S. drew an away tie in Ukraine that will be played April 21-22.
The U.S. team needs to defeat Ukraine to compete in the World Group next year and contend for the 2013 Fed Cup title. Earlier this month, the U.S. defeated Belarus, 5-0, in the World Group II First Round in Worcester, Mass., to advance to this Playoff.
The U.S. and Ukraine have never faced each other in Fed Cup competition.
Below are the pairings for the 2012 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II playoffs:
World Group Playoffs
Ukraine (*) vs. USA
Japan (*) vs. BELGIUM
SPAIN (*) vs. Slovak Republic
Germany (*) vs. AUSTRALIA
World Group II Playoffs
FRANCE (*) vs. Slovenia
SWITZERLAND (*) vs. Belarus
SWEDEN (*) vs. Great Britain
ARGENTINA (*) vs. China, P.R.
Home teams listed first
Seeds in capitals
(*) = choice of ground decided by lot
The 2012 World Group and World Group II playoffs will take place alongside the World Group semifinals. In the semifinals, Russia will be at home to Serbia, and Czech Republic will be at home to Italy.
Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 90 nations entered in 2012. The event was established in 1963 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the ITF. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Fed Cup. Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) and BoscoSport (Official Clothing Sponsor) are international sponsors, and Wilson Sporting Goods (Official Ball) is an international partner. Follow all the action on www.fedcup.com