Former world number ones Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep won their opening games to leave that the Czech Republic and Romania to awards.

World number five Pliskova be at Mihaela Buzarnescu 61 6-4 before Romanian Halep defeated Katerina Siniakova 6-4 6-0.

World number three Halep and pliskova meet in the reverse singles on Sunday.

Even the Czech Republic are seeking an 11th successive appearance within the last four.

Elsewhere two-time champions, in one top-tier ties France took a 2-0 lead after wins for world 19 Alize Cornet along with Caroline Garcia .

Garcia, coming back to the French squad for the first time since a people falling-out with her team mates at 20-16, be at Belgium number-two Alison van Uytvanck 7-6 (7-2) 4-6 6-2.

“There was a little stress, a small tension,” explained French number-one Garcia. “However, it had been exactly the same thing the last time I return to the team – nothing else, nothing more”

Cornet saw off Belgian world number 21 Elise Mertens 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 after an 82-minute starting series to pick up her first Fed Cup victory for five decades.

2017 runners-up Belarus was given that a 2-0 lead over Germany by straight-set victories for Aryna Sabalenka along with Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

The winners of this tie will face last year’s runners-up that the usa or winners Australia after the contest’s two successful nations ended the opening evening with a 1-1 draw.