Some of the biggest female sports stars on the planet do battle for their nations in the 2019 Fed Cup, with Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Aryna Sabalenka, Ashleigh Barty and Madison Keys among those who will be representing their countries during the first-round World Group ties on 9-10 February.

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Matches from all levels of Fed Cup, from the World Group final in October to the zonal groups, are available to stream live online. 

With so many of the world's top players passionate about representing their countries as they bid for Fed Cup glory, you can see top-10 players face off in a unique pressure-cooker atmosphere which cows some players and brings the best out of others. 

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Fed Cup Schedule 2019

Fed Cup 2019

Date - TimeEvent Name Location
20 Apr 2019 00:00Semifinals
09 Nov 2019 00:00Final

Fed Cup World Group FIRST ROUND, 9-10 FEBRUARY

The first round of the 2019 Fed Cup takes place from 9-10 February in various locations around the world as the eight nations of the World Group battle for a place in April's semifinals.

The Czech Republic get their title defense underway against Romania, who will be led by world no. 3 Simona Halep, while Caroline Garcia returns to France's Fed Cup team to take on Belgium. Germany find themselves without Angelique Kerber and facing a dangerous Belarusian squad led by former world no. 1 Victoria Azarenka and newest member of the world's top 10 Aryna Sabalenka, while an intriguing tie sees the USA, led by Madison Keys, Australian Open semifinalist Danielle Collins and Hobart champion Sofia Kenin, host an Australian side led by world no. 13 Ashleigh Barty.

Czech Republic (1) vs Romania

Location: Ostrava, Czech Republic

Venue: Ostravar Arena

Surface: Indoor hard courts

Czech Republic: Karolina Pliskova, Katerina Siniakova, Marketa Vondrousova, Barbora Krejcikova, Petr Pala (captain)

Romania: Simona Halep, Mihaela Buzarnescu, Irina-Camelia Begu, Ana Bogdan, Monica Niculecu, Florin Segarceanu (captain)

The Czech Republic, who won their tenth Fed Cup title in 2018, have developed into an incredible powerhouse of Fed Cup tennis in recent years, with a seemingly endless production line of impressive young players and a captain in Petr Pala who is seemingly able to unite them under the national flag.

Although stalwart Barbora Strycova has retired from Fed Cup and world no. 2 Petra Kvitova is sitting out the tie, the home team is still an impressive one, led by world no. 5 Karolina Pliskova. Katerina Siniakova, who scored two singles victories against the USA under pressure in last year's final, is able back-up alongside the powerful Marketa Vondrousova - Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova are the world no. 1 and 2 ranked doubles players respectively.

That's not to say the tie is a foregone conclusion with the Romanians bringing a deep bench to Ostrava, led by world no. 3 Simona Halep. Halep may have recently been knocked off her world no. 1 perch by Naomi Osaka after failing to defend her Australian Open runner-up points, but she played well through a nightmare draw in Melbourne before falling to Serena Williams in the round of 16. She is joined by world no. 29 Mihaela Buzarnescu, whose career-best 2018 season was derailed by injury, and Irina-Camelia Begu, although the latter is more impressive on clay than hard courts.

France (4) vs Belgium

Location: Liege, Belgium

Venue: Country Hall du Sart-Tillman

Surface: Indoor hard courts

Belgium: Elise Mertens, Alison van Uytvanck, Kirsten Flipkens, Ysaline Bonaventure, Johan van Herck (captain)

France: Caroline Garcia, Kristina Mladenovic, Alize Cornet, Pauline Parmentier, Fiona Ferro, Julien Benneteau (captain)

The focus on the French side is surely going to be among team unity - or the lack of it - as Caroline Garcia returns to represent France after having been publicly dragged by her teammates, especially former doubles partner Kristina Mladenovic and Alize Cornet, for having stepped back to focus on her WTA career in 2017-18. 

Garcia, the former world no. 8 now ranked world no. 19, is still the highest-ranked player in the tie as Mladenovic searches in vain for consistency on the singles court, but Mladenovic and Cornet tend to flourish in Fed Cup surroundings.

Belgium will be led by Elise Mertens, whose failure to defend her Australian Open semifinal points saw her drop out of the top 20 to her current ranking of world no. 21 but at 23 is still a rising young player with a trio of titles to her name in 2018. She is backed up by former French Open quarterfinalist Alison van Uytvanck and the crafty veteran Kirsten Flipkens.

Germany vs Belarus (3)

Location: Braunschweig, Germany

Venue: Volkswagen Halle Braunschweig

Surface: Indoor hard courts

Germany: Andrea Petkovic, Tatiana Maria, Mona Barthel, Laura Siegemund, Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Jens Gerlach (captain)

Belarus: Aryna Sabalenka, Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Victoria Azarenka, Vera Lapko, Lidziya Marozava, Tatiana Poutchek (captain)

In the absence of their top two singles players, Angelique Kerber and Julia Goerges, Germany could find themselves vulnerable as they host a strong Belarusian side.

The Belarusians made a surprise run to the Fed Cup final in 2017 but were defeated by Germany in the first round in Minsk in 2018 - ominously, a German side that were also lacking their top-ranked players and led by Tatiana Maria.

Belarus should be much more of a force to be reckoned with this time, however. Aryna Sabalenka is the newest member of the top 10 after her breakthrough second half of 2018 and already has a title under her belt for 2019, Aliaksandra Sasnovich loves a fast court and former world no. 1 Victoria Azarenka, although she is struggling for form, is a formidable figure.

Germany, meanwhile, will be relying on veteran Andrea Petkovic, world no. 67 Tatiana Maria and former Stuttgart champion Laura Siegemund, currently ranked outside the top 100 after injury.

USA (2) vs Australia

Location: Asheville, USA

Venue: US Cellular Arena

Surface: Indoor hard courts

USA: Madison Keys, Danielle Collins, Sofia Kenin, Nicole Melichar, Kathy Rinaldi (captain)

Australia: Ashleigh Barty, Daria Gavrilova, Priscilla Hon, Kimberley Birrell, Astra Sharma, Alicia Molik (captain)

Yet another intriguing tie sees a deep USA side taking on the always inspired Australians, led by Ashleigh Barty. 

Runners-up to the Czech Republic in 2018, the USA look to their third-highest ranked player Madison Keys to lead the side in the absence of Sloane Stephens and Serena Williams. 

Keys reached the second week of the Australian Open before losing to Elina Svitolina in the round of 16, but otherwise has done little since making the semifinals of the US Open. With a 3-2 win-loss record in Fed Cup singles, Keys will need strong support from the rest of the squad, highlighted by Australian Open semifinalist Danielle Collins who may well be playing her first rubbers (she was present for last year's Fed Cup final but didn't play). The USA team also includes rising star Sofia Kenin, who won her maiden title in Hobart in January and pushed Simona Halep hard at the Australian Open.

Australian Open quarterfinalist Ashleigh Barty, an accomplished singles and doubles player, is at the heart of the visiting side, but with the exception of feisty Daria Gavrilova, she has inexperienced back-up in Kimberley Birrell (who made the third round of the Australian Open as a wildcard), Priscilla Hon and Astra Sharma.

How does Fed Cup work?

The Fed Cup is effectively made up of three main groups - the World Group, the World Group II and the Zone Groups. The World Group is the elite division, which features eight nations, while the second tier World Group II also comprises eight countries, who battle for promotion into the premier division. The nations who do not make it into either of the top two divisions are placed into one of three zone groups, depending on the continent of the country. There is the Euro/Africa Zone, which houses countries in Africa and Europe, the American Zone is made up of countries in North and South America, while Asian and Oceanian nations fight for promotion in the Asia/Oceania Zone.

Each zone has its own sub-divisions- the American Zone has Groups 1 and 2; so does Asia/Oceania, while the Euro/Africa Zone, being the largest, has three sub-groups. 

Between the three main groups are intermediate play-off groups which determine promotion and relegation.
The World Group ties adopt a knock-out format, with the four winners advancing to the semi-finals while the four losers drop into the World Group play-offs. These four teams are joined in the play-offs by the four winners from the World Group II ties. The eight teams then play four knock-out ties, with the winners either preserving their World Group status, or earning promotion into the elite group, if they were previously in the World Group II.

Further down the Fed Cup strata, the losers in the World Group II ties drop into the intermediate World Group II play-offs, where they will battle against the four best teams from the Zone Groups for their World Group II status. The American and the Asia/Oceania teams produce one team each, while Euro/Africa has two teams in the World Group II play-offs. Whoever wins these play-offs will play in the World Group II division in the next season, while the losers drop into the Zone Groups.

The World Group and World Group II ties (including play-offs) are decided over best of five rubbers, played across two days. The first day, a Saturday, features two singles ties, while the reverse singles are played on Sunday. A deciding fifth rubber, should it be required is also played on Sunday.

The host nation for these ties is determined by where the countries last played. Whoever hosted the most recent meeting between the countries will be away for the next tie, and vice versa. If the countries have never met before, the choice of ground is determined by lot. 

The zone groups use a round-robin format, rather than the knock-out system employed by the higher divisions. The ties are played in one of the participating countries, and usually last up to four days. Ties are decided in best-of-three rubbers - two singles matches and one doubles rubber.

Fed Cup History

The Fed Cup officially began in 1963, but the seeds for the tournament were first sown in 1919, when Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman came up with the idea of a women’s team competition. Wightman did not get much by way of support, but in 1923, she went ahead to present a trophy, called the Wightman Cup, for the annual contest between the USA and Great Britain. The idea was picked up in 1962 by Mary Hardwick Hare, who persuaded the International Tennis Federation to start an international women’s team event. The ITF obliged in 1963, when the governing body created the Federation Cup. The first Federation Cup was a week-long event staged at the Queen’s Club in London and won by the United States. The tournament featured 16 nations and was graced by Grand Slam champions Billie Jean King, Darlene Hard, Lesley Turner and Margaret Court. 

The inaugural Federation Cup was a big success, considering the fact that there were no sponsors and prize money, and teams had to pay their own expenses. However, as the tournament grew in popularity and sponsors came on board, the competition expanded, and by 1994, there were 73 participating teams with the home nation required to construct a special tennis complex in what became known as the Fed Cup legacy.

The rapid expansion of the Federation Cup meant teams had to be split into regional qualifying divisions, which first came into place in 1992, and three years later in 1995, the competition underwent a change in nomenclature, as it became known as the Fed Cup. Along with the new name came a new format, as the Fed Cup employed a home-and-away system so that players could play for their countries on home soil.
Several other transformations have occurred since then, but the current format, featuring eight-nation World Group and World Group II divisions and three region-based zonal groups has been in effect since 2005.

Fed Cup statistics

Fed Cup Champions

Past winners of the Fed Cup

1965Australia (2)USA
1966USA (2)West Germany
1967USA (3)Great Britain
1968Australia (3)Netherlands
1969USA (4)Australia
1970Australia (4)West Germany
1971Australia (5)Great Britain
1972South AfricaGreat Britain
1973Australia (6)South Africa
1974Australia (7)USA
1976USA (5)Australia
1977USA (6)Australia
1978USA (7)Australia
1979USA (8)Australia
1980USA (9) Australia
1981USA (10)Great Britain
1982USA (11)West Germany
1983Czechoslovakia (2)West Germany
1984Czechoslovakia (3)Australia
1985Czechoslovakia (4)USA
1986USA (12)Czechoslovakia
1987West GermanyUSA
1988Czechoslovakia (5)USSR
1989USA (13)Spain
1990USA (14)USSR
1991Spain USA
1992Germany (2)Spain
1993Spain (2)Australia
1994Spain (3)USA
1995Spain (4)USA
1996USA (15)Spain
1998Spain (5)Switzerland
1999USA (16)Russia
2000USA (17)Spain
2003France (2)USA
2004Russia France
2005Russia (2)France
2007Russia (3)Italy
2008Russia (4)Spain
2009Italy (2)USA
2010Italy (3)USA
2011Czech Republic (6)Russia
2012Czech Republic (7)Serbia
2013Italy (4)Russia
2014Czech Republic (8)Germany
2015Czech Republic (9)Russia
2016Czech Republic (10)France
2017USA (18)Belarus
2018Czech Republic (11)USA

Who are the greatest Fed Cup players?

The Fed Cup may be a team event, but some of the best players in the world have represented their countries with distinction. 

The United States have won more than anybody else, and unsurprisingly, they have had several Fed Cup heroines over the years. From Billie Jean King in 1963 to CoCo Vandeweghe in 2017, the US have produced some of the finest Fed Cup stars. King amassed a 52-4 record during her Fed Cup career; and captained her country to four titles. Chris Evert has the best winning streak of any woman in Fed Cup singles matches, going unbeaten for 29 matches from her tournament debut in 1977 until she lost to Italian Sandra Cecchini in the opening rubber of the 1986 quarter final in Prague. Evert won more Fed Cup rubbers than any other American woman, winning 57 of her 61 ties, including an amazing 40-2 record in singles’ rubbers.

Martina Navratilova, who represented both Czechoslovakia and the USA, is joint-second on 20 matches- a record she shares with Australian great, Margaret Court. Interestingly, Navratilova and Court never lost a Fed Cup singles rubber, with both boasting incredible 20-0 records. Serena Williams is also unbeaten in singles rubbers.

However, Spaniard, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario leads the way in terms of overall number of match wins- the Spaniard won 72 of her 100 Fed Cup rubbers, including 50 of 72 singles’ rubbers, which is also a record. Sanchez Vicario’s compatriot, Conchita Martinez is second on the singles’ list with 47 wins. The Spanish duo won 18 doubles matches together, more than any other pair in the history of the Fed Cup. Sanchez Vicario and Martinez won five Fed Cup titles together; and reached five other finals.

For all their greatness, the Spaniards are well behind Luxembourg’s Anne Kremer’s record number of Fed Cup ties, which stands at 74.

Special mention for Great Britain’s Virginia Wade, one of the greatest players never to win the Fed Cup. The three-time Grand Slam singles’ champion reached four Fed Cup finals; and won 66 rubbers through a distinguished career. 

Lead by Helena Sukova, Czechoslovakia won four Fed Cup titles in the 1980’s, but the modern-day Czechs, spearheaded by Petra Kvitova have outdone that run, winning five of the last seven titles. Petr Pala has been captain in all five triumphs, making him the most successful captain in the competition’s history.

Fed Cup records

Individual records in Fed Cup play

Most titles USA18 titles1963, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2017
Most rubbers played100Arantxa Sanchez VicarioSpain
Most ties played74Anne KremerLuxembourg
Most rubbers won (overall)72Arantxa Sanchez VicarioSpain
Most rubbers won (singles)50Arantxa Sanchez VicarioSpain
Most rubbers won (doubles)38Larisa NeilandUSSR/Latvia
Longest rubber4 hours (7-6(7), 5-7, 10-8)Richel Hogenkamp (Netherlands) d. Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia)2016 World Group
Most successful captain4 titlesPetr PalaCzech Republic

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