Spain draws Serbia in playoffs

2/10/2009 - Tennis

LONDON -- Last year's Fed Cup runner-up Spain will face Serbia in the World Group I playoffs.

Spain lost to the Czech Republic in the first round last weekend after having reached the final against Russia in 2008.

In the playoffs to determine which teams will participate in the elite eight-nation World Group I next year, Spain will host the Serbs, who used Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic to beat Japan in World Group II.

In the other best-of-five playoffs April 25-26, France hosts Slovakia, Germany hosts China and Argentina hosts Ukraine. In World Group II, it's: Belgium vs. Canada; Estonia vs. Israel; Poland vs. Japan; and Australia vs. Switzerland.

The United States, which has won 17 Fed Cup titles, visits the Czech Republic in the Fed Cup semifinals while defending champion Russia takes on Italy.