For the first time in its history, the Russian Fed Cup team has elected to play on a clay court. The team has chosen the Sports Palace Megasport in Moscow as the site of the upcoming semifinal contest between Russia and Serbia. This is the sixth consecutive year that Russia has appeared in the Fed Cup semifinals. The last time Russia won Fed Cup was in 2008.
The Czech Republic has selected the CEZ Arena in Ostrava as the site of the Czech team's semifinal against Italy. The last time the two teams met in a semifinal, in 2010, Italy won 5-0. The CEZ Arena features an indoor court, which is, of course, ideal for Petra Kvitova. The Czech Republic's top player is currently on a 27-match indoor streak.
The semifinals will be held April 21-22. The Czech Republic is the defending Fed Cup champion.