Ana Ivanovic did her part. She beat both Mona Barthel and Angelique Kerber in the Fed Cup World Group Play-Offs. Bojana Jovanovski, however, lost to both Barthel and Kerber. Everything depended on the doubles rubber, but even Aleksandra "Magic Charm" Krunic--perhaps because she had to JJ as a partner--couldn't save Serbia. Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Sabine Lisicki beat Krunic and Vesna Dolonc 6-2, 6-4, thus saving Germany's Fed Cup status.
Spain beat Japan 4-0, and the USA beat Sweden 3-2, though part of the "2" was a dead rubber that Sweden won in a walkover. Not surprisingly, Sloane Stephens did not play today. Her substitute was Venus Williams, who appeared to be having trouble with her back again. Williams needed eight match points to defeat Johann Larsson in straight sets.
Switzerland and Australia have yet to play. The entire weekend was rained out. When play finally begins, Australia's Samantha Stosur will play Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele.
In World Group II Play-Offs, Poland beat Belgium 4-1, France beat Kazakhstan 4-1, Argentina defeated Great Britain 3-1, and Canada defeated Ukraine 3-2.
So far, this Fed Cup weekend has lived up to my expectations, and more. Unfortunately, Italy and the Czech Republic are my two favorite Fed Cup teams, so it wasn't like I could enthusiastically cheer for one of them. On the other hand, I'll be glad for whoever goes to the final.