For the first time in 10 years New Zealand will play in Asia Oceania Group 1 of the Fed Cup.

Valentina Ivanov and Paige Hourigan won the two singles rubbers to put New Zealand 2-0 up over the Philippines in the Group 2 final in Wellington, with only the dead rubber doubles to come.

Kiwi number one Hourigan beat her Philippines counterpart Marian Jade Capadocia 6-2 6-3 in the second singles rubber after Valentina Ivanov had given the Kiwis a winning start with a 7-5 6-1 win over Philippines number two Shira Hope Rivera.

Hourigan powered through the first set after a tentative start. The second set was closer with a service break a piece early before Hourigan got what proved to be the decisive service break in the fifth game.

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The Kiwi closed out the match with her fifth match point to complete the win in 68 minutes.

Earlier 18-year-old Ivanov had to work hard for her straight sets win after squandering a 5-2 first set lead. However, she regathered her composure at 5-5 and after taking the first frame completed a comfortable win in the second set.

Ivanov converted five of her 12 break point chances while Rivera broke twice from four chances with the match lasting 82 minutes.