Samantha Stosur inspired Australia to a 3-2 win over Spain in their Fed Cup World Group II first round tie at Memorial Drive yesterday.
The world number 11 Stosur featured in all three of Australia's victories and joined with 38-year-old veteran Rennae Stubbs to gain the winning doubles rubber in the final match.
Australia will now have an April play-off for elevation to the elite World Group for the first time since 2004.
Stosur, who lost to world number one and eventual champion Serena Williams in the fourth round at this month's Australian Open in Melbourne, triumphed inboth her singles ties against Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez and Anabel Medina Garrigues.
The win was only Australia's third victory in 10 Fed Cup series with Spain.
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