The Czech Republic defending champion Fed Cup team will meet its first challenge of the new year this weekend. Petra Kvitova, Iveta Benesova, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, and Lucie Hradecka will play Germany in the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart. The German team is comprised of Sabine Lisicki, Julia Goerges, Angelique Kerber, and Anna-Lena Groenefeld. Germany's top player, Andrea Petkovic, cannot play because of a stress fracture in her back.
Kvitova won all six of her Fed Cup matches last year. The upcoming World Group tie will be held on an indoor hard court, the surface on which the Czech star has had the most success.
Lat year, the Czech Republic defeated the Slovak Republic, Belgium and Russia.
In the other three World Group ties, Russia plays Spain, Belgium plays Serbia, and Italy plays Ukraine.