On the first day of 2012 Fed Cup action, Maria Sharapova got Russia off to a 1-0 start against Spain with a rout of Silvia Soler-Espinosa.
Jelena Jankovic lifted Serbia to a 1-0 start against Belgium with a victory over Kirsten Flipkens.
Dominika Cibulkova fell short against Virginie Razzano on Day 1 of Slovakia's World Group II tie against France.
Samantha Stosur put her Australian Open disappointment behind her with two singles victories in Australia's World Group II defeat of Switzerland.
Italy's Francesca Schiavone's gorgeous one-handed backhand was on display during her match with Ukraine's Kateryna Bondarenko.
Bojana Jovanovski celebrated after her singles win over Kirsten Flipkens kept Serbia alive against Belgium.
Francesca Schiavone showed her emotions after giving Italy a 2-1 lead over Ukraine with a three-set thriller over Kateryna Bondarenko.
With hair in her face, Serbia's Aleksandra Krunic did the best she could to return the ball against Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer.
Svetlana Kuznetsova was extended to three sets in beating Silvia Soler-Espinosa as Russia got past Spain.
France's Alize Cornet during her defeat at the hands of Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova in World Group II action.
Petra Kvitova earned the clinching point for defending Fed Cup champion Czech Republic against Germany.
Germany's Julia Goerges kept her eye on the ball while serving during her doubles match alongside Anna-Lena Groenefeld against the Czech Republic.
It was an emotional celebration after Daniela Hantuchova clinched Slovakia's triumph over France.
The Czech Republic's Barbora Zahlavova Strycova was all smiles during she and Iveta Benesova's doubles win over Germany's Julia Goerges and Anna-Lena Groenefeld.
Roberta Vinci and Flavia Pennetta were victorious in doubles to clinch Italy's 3-2 defeat of Ukraine.