Though we tend to focus on the World Group and the World Group playoffs, more than that will be occurring this weekend at Fed Cup venues. The World Group II playoffs will also take place, and here is a breakdown of those ties:
France vs. Slovenia
The two countries have never played each other before. They will compete on an indoor hard court in Besancon, France.
Switzerland vs. Belarus
Timea Bacsinszky, of whom we haven't seen much lately, will play on the Swiss team, as will Stefanie Voegele. Olga Govortsova will seed the team from Belarus. Notably absent from the lineup is Victoria Azarenka. Competition will take place on an indoor (Rebound Ace) hard court.
Sweden vs. Great Britain
The Swedish team has Sofia Arvidsson and Johanna Larsson, but that may not be enough to overcome the British team of Elena Baltacha, Anne Keothavong, Heather Watson, and Laura Robson, led by captain Judy Murray. The matches will be played on an indoor hard court.
Argentina vs. China
The team from Argentina, without Gisela Dulko, will play on red clay against a Chinese team that does not include Li Na, Peng Shuai, or Zhang Shuai.