Spain's Fed Cup captain Anabel Medina says that she has full confidence in her team that will take on Japan in the Fed Cup Qualifiers this weekend with the winner moving to the Fed Cup Finals in Budapest, Hungary in April.
Japan will be led by former World No. 1 Naomi Osaka, who has recently dropped to No. 10 in the rankings after an early exit at the Australian Open in Melbourne, where she was the defending champion. According to Marca, Medina commented, " We are here with five very good players and what Spain has shown during these last two years is that it has a very wide range of players to face any tie.
In Japan and Belgium it was seen that we formed a very united group. We know the Japanese team perfectly well, we played against them recently and they are a difficult opponent , and that Osaka is on the team makes them have a top player who is among the top ten in the world, but will have to demonstrate that level on the track because we are going to make it as difficult as possible."
Medina hopes the fans will come to the La Manga Club in order to cheer them on. "The first training we have done here has been very good, we are on our favorite surface and we play at home. I encourage all people to come to La Manga Club to support us because we will need the stands to be full."
Spain's Carla Suarez, who will be playing her last season on the tour, says she is extra motivated for the tie as this is her final year on tour. "I really wanted to be in this tie and I will try to enjoy it and hopefully on Saturday everything can come out positively.
I have not had a good start to the season, but the clay is always different, you have to have a little more patience. Playing at home is an extra motivation and we are all quite focused, knowing the importance of this tie."