The next phase of the 2019 Fed Cup hits on 20-21 April as Simona Halep leads Romania against France in the first semifinal, while Ashleigh Barty's Australia host Belarus in a bid to reach their first final since 1993. Meanwhile, 16 more nations compete in World Group and World Group II play-off ties, including the Czech Republic, 2017 champions USA, Germany, Russia and Great Britain. 

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Fed Cup Live Streaming

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. 

Bookmakers have licensed these streams so that customers betting on the match or with funded accounts can enjoy live streaming of Fed Cup tennis matches, whether they are in their own home or on the go. Streams are available on computer, tablets, mobiles and all devices. 

Whether you’re partaking in some in-play betting or just tuning in to see how a favourite gets on, you can enjoy safe, legal, high-quality streams of Fed Cup matches. 

Fed Cup tennis is live from 9-10 February 2019 from various locations around the world. Matches are televised via BT Sports in the UK, but bookmaker bet365 are also offering customers the opportunity to watch a live stream of the ties alongside in-play betting.

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Fed Cup Schedule 2019

Fed Cup 2019

Date - TimeEvent Name Location
09 Nov 2019 00:00Final

Fed Cup World Group SEMIFINALS, 20-21 APRIL

France (4) vs Romania

Location: Rouen, France

Venue: Kindarena

Surface: Indoor clay

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

Romania: Simona Halep, Mihaela Buzarnescu, Irina-Camelia Begu, Monica Niculescu, Raluca Olaru, Florin Segarceanu (captain)

Romania caused one of the bigger upsets of recent years when they defeated the Czech Republic in the first round, with Simona Halep scoring singles victories over Karolina Pliskova and Katerina Siniakova before Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu combined to win the doubles.

It put Romania into the semifinals of the Fed Cup for just the second time, having got that far in 1973, and now the team led by world no. 2 Halep is out to make it to the final, a national first. They are up against two-time champions France, who last featured in the final in 2016. Captain Julien Benneteau's side, buoyed by the return of top-20 player Caroline Garcia, beat Belgium 3-2 with Alize Cornet contributing a surprise win over Elise Mertens.

Australia vs Belarus (4)

Location: Brisbane, Australia

Venue: Pat Rafter Arena

Surface: Outdoor hard courts

Australia: Ashleigh Barty, Daria Gavrilova, Samantha Stosur, Priscilla Hon, Alicia Molik (captain)

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

The Pat Rafter Arena, better known as the venue for the Brisbane International, plays host to an intriguing Fed Cup semifinal in April.

Australia have won the Fed Cup seven times but have been in the doldrums in recent years and haven't made the final since 1993. But with captain Alicia Molik's team led by Ashleigh Barty, who recently broke into the top 10 for the first time after winning her biggest title at the Miami Open, hopes are high, with Barty having contributed singles wins over Madison Keys and Sofia Kenin as well as teaming up with Priscilla Hon for the deciding doubles in their first-round win over the USA.

Belarus are not to be underestimated, though, with the powerful Aryna Sabalenka - another top-10 player - joined by Aliaksandra Sasnovich and former world no. 1 Victoria Azarenka, whose recent run to the Monterrey final gave rise to hopes of a return to form. Belarus made the Fed Cup final in 2017 and are very capable of defeating the hosts. 

FED CUP WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS, 20-21 APRIL

The four nations who lost their first-round World Group ties must face off with the four winning nations from World Group II, with the winner to be in the World Group in 2020 and the loser relegated to World Group II. 

Czech Republic (1) vs Canada

Location: Prostejov, Czech Republic

Venue: National Tennis Academy

Surface: Indoor clay

Czech Republic: Marketa Vondrousova, Karolina Muchova, Marie Bouzkova, Lucie Safarova, Barbora Krejcikova, Petr Pala (captain)

The Czech Republic, who have won the Fed Cup six of the past eight years and are the defending champions, suffered an unusual defeat to Romania in the first round and find themselves having to beat Canada to avoid falling out of the World Group for the first time since 2008.

Canada, though, might prove to be a tougher nut to crack than in the past, with Indian Wells champion Bianca Andreescu having proved she's a force to be reckoned with at the top of the game.

USA (2) vs Switzerland

Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA

Venue: Freeman Coliseum

Surface: Indoor hard

USA: Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys, Sofia Kenin, Jessica Pegula, Jennifer Brady, Kathy Rinaldi (captain)

Switzerland: Viktorija Golubic, Timea Bacsinszky, Conny Perrin, Yiena In-Albon, Heinz Guendhardt (captain)

The most successful nation in Fed Cup history, the USA were unable to stop themselves falling to Ashleigh Barty's Australia in the first round and the 2017 champions, who were also runners-up to the Czech Republic in 2018, must now beat Switzerland to retain their place in the World Group.

Switzerland, who dominated Italy 3-1 in the first round, are missing Dubai champion Belinda Bencic and look unlikely to get their first win over the USA in nine attempts as the hosts field a strong side led by world no. 8 Sloane Stephens and Charleston champion Madison Keys.

Latvia vs Germany (3)

Location: Riga, Latvia

Venue: Arena Riga

Surface: Indoor hard

Latvia: Anastasija Sevastova, Jelena Ostapenko, Diana Marcinkevica, Daniela Vismane, Patricija Sparka, Adrians Zguns (captain)

Germany: Angelique Kerber, Julia Goerges, Andrea Petkovic, Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Jens Gerlach (captain)

Germany are trying to ensure they retain their place in the World Group for a seventh straight year, having suffered a fairly humiliating 0-4 defeat to Belarus at home in Braunschweig in the first round, with the absence of Angelique Kerber leaving them vulnerable despite the best efforts of Tatjana Maria, Andrea Petkovic and Laura Siegemund.

Latvia, meanwhile, romped over Slovakia 4-0, led by former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and top-15 player Anastasija Sevastova, and will like their chances to secure a place in the World Group for the first time.

Belgium (4) vs Spain

Location: Kortrijk, Belgium

Venue: Lange Munte Kortrijk

Surface: Indoor hard

Belgium: Alison van Uytvanck, Kirsten Flipkens, Ysaline Bonaventure, Yanina Wickmayer, Johan van Herck (captain)

Spain: Garbine Muguruza, Carla Suarez Navarro, Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov, Georgina Garcia-Perez, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, Anabel Medina Garrigues (captain)

Belgium's fate was really sealed when their top singles player, Elise Mertens, suffered a surprise loss to Alize Cornet on the first day of their first-round tie against France, and they never really recovered, leaving the 2001 champions to fight for their place in the World Group.

Spain, meanwhile, are working to get back into the World Group having been relegated in 2017, and edged Japan 3-2 despite the absence of their top singles players Carla Suarez Navarro and Garbine Muguruza - players they will be hoping return to face Belgium.

FED CUP WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS, 20-21 APRIL

The four nations who lost their first-round World Group II ties in February face off with the four nations who won their zonal round-robin ties and will therefore hope to make it back to the global level of competition.

Russia (1) vs Italy

Location: Moscow, Russia

Venue: CSKA Indoor Track and Field Complex

Surface: Indoor clay

Russia: Daria Kasatkina, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Anastasia Potapova, Natalia Vikhlyantseva, Vlada Koval, Igor Andreev (captain)

Italy: Camila Giorgi, Sara Errani, Martina Trevisan, Jasmine Paolini, Tathiana Garbin (captain)

Both Italy and Russia are four-time Fed Cup champions but have fallen on hard times, with neither nation able to boast a top-20 player. Russia's highest-ranked player is the out-of-form world no. 22 Daria Kasatkina, while Italy must look to unpredictable world no. 30 Camila Giorgi.

Japan vs Netherlands (2)

Location: Osaka, Japan

Venue: ITC Utsubo Tennis Centre

Surface: Outdoor hard

Netherlands: Richel Hogenkamp, Bibiane Schoofs, Lesley Kerkhove, Demi Schuurs, Paul Haarhuis (captain)

Narrowly defeated by Spain in the first round, Japan host the Netherlands as they try to maintain the World Group II status they won by beating Great Britain in a play-off in 2018. Richel Hogenkamp, Bibiane Schoofs and doubles player Demi Schuurs feature for the Netherlands.

Great Britain (3) vs Kazakhstan

Location: London, Great Britain

Venue: Copper Box Arena

Surface: Indoor hard

Great Britain: Johanna Konta, Katie Boulter, Heather Watson, Harriet Dart, Katie Swan, Anne Keothavong (captain)

Great Britain are four-time Fed Cup champions but have been strangers to the top levels of the competition in recent years. Beaten by Japan as they tried to secure World Group II status in 2018, captain Anne Keothavong will look to top singles player Johanna Konta as they host a Kazakhstan side likely to be led by world no. 38 Yulia Putintseva and world no. 104 Zarina Diyas.

Slovakia vs Brazil

Location: Bratislava, Slovakia

Venue: AXA Arena NTC

Surface: Indoor clay

Slovakia: Dominika Cibulkova, Viktoria Kuzmova, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Magdalena Rybarikova, Rebecca Sramkova, Matej Liptak (captain)

2002 Fed Cup champions Slovakia were flattened 0-4 by Latvia's combination of Anastasija Sevastova and Jelena Ostapenko and must now host Brazil, who last reached the World Group II playoffs in 2014.

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

YearChampionRunner-up
1963USAAustralia
1964AustraliaUSA
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
1975CzechoslovakiaAustralia
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
1997FranceNetherlands
1998Spain (5)Switzerland
1999USA (16)Russia
2000USA (17)Spain
2001BelgiumRussia
2002SlovakiaSpain
2003France (2)USA
2004Russia France
2005Russia (2)France
2006ItalyBelgium
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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