The South African Fed Cup team will take on hosts Luxembourg in their opening match of the Euro/Africa Group II tournament in Esch-Sur-Alzette starting on Wednesday.
Seasoned Fed Cup campaigners Channel Simmonds and Madrie le Roux will be leading South Africa’s charge in the opening tie.
They will face an uphill battle against the hosts with the experienced Mandy Minella, ranked 99th in the WTA singles rankings, in their ranks.
South Africa’s non-playing captain Rene Plant said she believed her charges were up to the task and hoped to cause an upset.
“We play our first game against Luxembourg on centre court, it will be a very tough match, but the home team will be feeling the pressure,” Plant said after the draw on Tuesday.
“They have a lot of support and expectations behind them.”
South Africa entered the draw unseeded after they were promoted from Group III last year after beating Malta in their promotion playoff tie in Montenegro.
The women’s side had been in serious decline over the last few years, suffering relegation two seasons in a row as they tumbled from the Europe/Africa Zone Group 1 division in 2016 to the lowest tier in 2018.
“We have a 50/50 chance, and we’ll be giving our best at all times,” Plant said.
“We look forward to the challenge and hopefully we can cause an