Fed Cup latest news, schedules and results: Updates, scores and fixtures for World Group and World Group II ties, 10-11 February 2018

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  • Serena and Venus Williams, Kristina Mladenovic and Karolina Pliskova among players in Fed Cup action 10-11 February 2018
  • Latest news, schedules and results for World Group and World Group II ties
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Karolina Pliskova is one of the top players in action in Fed Cup World Group and World Group II ties, 10-11 February 2018

Follow the latest news on World Group and World Group II ties as Fed Cup tennis is played around the world on 10-11 February, with Serena and Venus Williams, Karolina Pliskova and Kristina Mladenovic among the players in action representing their countries.


Fed Cup tennis is live from 16 countries from 10-11 February 2018. Watch and bet on Fed Cup tennis live at Unibet > sports > live streaming



The first weekend of Fed Cup action for 2018 sees eight World Group nations face off for a place in April's semifinals, while eight more World Group II nations battle for the chance to win promotion to the top tier for next season. 

Serena Williams will play her first official match since the 2017 Australian Open as she suits up for defending champions USA alongside sister Venus Williams, while world no. 5 Karolina Pliskova is in action for the Czech Republic's formidable team, which also includes two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova. Top-20 players Kristina Mladenovic (France), Ashleigh Barty (Australia) and Elise Mertens (Belgium) are also in action - but if we know anything about Fed Cup, and if last year's unexpected run to the final from Belarus taught us anything, it's that Fed Cup creates unexpected heroes.

Two singles rubbers will be played on Saturday in each tie, with the reverse singles rubbers to be played on Sunday and a deciding doubles if necessary to clinch the tie. 

Follow this page to keep up to date with the latest Fed Cup team news, schedules and fixtures, and scores and results.  


WORLD GROUP TIES

Belarus vs Germany

Preview

Last year's surprise runners-up Belarus could be set for a bright start to the 2018 Fed Cup, with Aliaksandra Sasnovich making the final of the Brisbane International as a qualifier and young powerhouse Aryna Sabalenka continuing to impress, while Germany have fielded an under-strength team missing Angelique Kerber and Julia Goerges.

Results

Germany advanced to the semi-finals with a dramatic 3-2 victory over Belarus in Minsk.

Belarus 2-3 Germany
Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) d. Tatjana Maria (GER), 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
Antonia Lottner (GER) d. Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR), 7-5, 6-4
Tatjana Maria (GER) d. Vera Lapko (BEL) 6-4 5-7 6-0
Aryna Sabalenka d. Antonia Lottner (GER) 6-3 5-7 6-2
Anna-Lena Groenefeld/Tatjana Maria d. Aryna Sabalenka/Lidziya Marozava 6-7 7-5 6-4


Venue: Chizhovka Arena, Minsk, Belarus

Surface: Indoor hard courts

Team Belarus: Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Aryna Sabalenka, Vera Lapko, Lidziya Marozava, Eduard Dubrou (captain)

Team Germany: Tatjana Maria, Antonia Lottner, Anna-Lena Friedsam, Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Jens Gerlach (captain)

Czech Republic vs Switzerland

Preview
The Czech Republic have ruled Fed Cup in recent years, with five titles between 2011 and 2016. After taking a break in 2017, they are back with a vengeance, judging by the formidable team of Karolina Pliskova, Petra Kvitova, Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova who will face a Swiss team led by the resurgent Belinda Bencic - still rebuilding her career after injury - and includes Timea Bacsinszky, playing just her second event since last year's Wimbledon due to a hand injury. 


Results

It was one-way traffic in Prague, as Petra Kvitova outclassed Belinda Bencic in the first of Sunday's reverse singles to give the Czechs an unassailable 3-0 lead, and thus send them into a 10th straight Fed Cup semi-final.

Czech Republic 2-0 Switzerland
Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Viktorija Golubic (SUI), 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
Barbora Strycova (CZE) d. Belinda Bencic (SUI), 6-2, 6-4
Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Belinda Bencic (SUI), 6-2 6-4


Venue: O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic

Surface: Indoor hard courts

Team Czech Republic: Karolina Pliskova, Petra Kvitova, Lucie Safarova, Barbora Strycova, Petr Pala (captain)



Team Switzerland: Belinda Bencic, Timea Bacsinszky, Viktorija Golubic, Jill Teichmann, Heinz Guenthardt (captain)



France vs Belgium

Preview
Galvanised by the rise of Elise Mertens in the singles rankings - the 22-year-old already has a title under her belt for 2018 in Hobart, and made the Australian Open semifinals - Belgium have been on a seven-tie winning streak to make it into the World Group for the first time in six years. France will look to Kristina Mladenovic, who recently snapped a 15-match losing streak in spectacular style to reach the St Petersburg final and broke into the top 10 for the first time, to spearhead their side.

Results

France overcame a spirited resistance from Belgium to advance to the Fed Cup semi-finals for the third time in the last four seasons. Kristina Mladenovic was pivotal to French success, winning her two singles' rubbers, and teaming up with Amandine Hesse to secure the winning point in the deciding doubles' rubber.

France 3-2 Belgium
Elise Mertens (BEL) d. Pauline Parmentier (FRA), 6-2, 6-1
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL), 6-2, 6-4
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Elise Mertens (BEL) 6-4 6-4
Alison van Uytvanck (BEL) d. Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 6-1 6-3
Amandine Hesse/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Elise Mertens/Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 6-4 2-6 6-2


Venue: Vendespace, La Roche-sur-Yon, France

Surface: Indoor hard courts

Team France: Kristina Mladenovic, Pauline Parmentier, Amandine Hesse, Yannick Noah (captain)



Team Belgium: Elise Mertens, Kirsten Flipkens, Alison van Uytvanck, Ysaline Bonaventure, Dominique Monami (captain)



USA vs Netherlands

Preview
Defending champions USA, who won their 18th Fed Cup title in 2017 after a gap of 17 years, start their 2018 campaign against the Netherlands, who have been a consistent source of surprises in recent years. The tie sees the return of the Williams sisters to the team, with world no. 8 Venus Williams the highest-ranked player in the tie by some margin while Serena Williams plays her first official match for over a year after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia in 2017.

USA vs Netherlands is one of our featured ties - follow the action in more detail on our dedicated tie page.

Results

Venus Williams sealed the USA's passage into the semi-finals with a 7-5 6-1 victory over Richel Hogenkamp in the first of Sunday's reverse singles, giving the champions an unassailable 3-0 lead. Venus later teamed up with sister, Serena in the dead doubles' rubber.

Rubber 1: Venus Williams (USA) def. Arantxa Rus (NED) 6-1 6-4
Rubber 2: CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) def. Richel Hogenkamp (NED) 4-6 7-6(6) 6-3
Rubber 3: Venus Williams (USA) def. Richel Hogenkamp (NED) 7-5 6-1

Venue: US Cellular Arena, Asheville, USA

Surface: Indoor hard courts

Team USA: Venus Williams, Coco Vandeweghe, Lauren Davis, Serena Williams, Kathy Rinaldi-Stunkel (captain)



Team Netherlands: Richel Hogenkamp, Arantxa Rus, Lesley Kerkhove, Demi Schuurs, Paul Haarhuis (captain)



WORLD GROUP II

Slovakia vs Russia

Preview
Four-time champions Russia were in the Fed Cup final as recently as 2013, but dropped out of the World Group in 2016 and could be in danger of languishing further as they have fielded a very young and inexperienced team, led by 20-year-old Natalia Vikhlyantseva and including 16-year-old Anastasia Potapova, against a Slovakian team playing at home and led by last year's Wimbledon semifinalist Magdalena Rybarikova.


Results

Slovakia recovered from dropping the opening rubber to take down Russia and earn a shot at promotion into the top tier of the Fed Cup.

Slovakia 3-1 Russia
Nathalia Vikhlyantseva (RUS) d. Viktoria Kuzmova (SVK), 6-4, 6-2
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. Anna Kalinskaya (RUS), 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
Jana Cepelova (SVK) d. Natalia Vikhlyantseva (RUS), 6-4 6-4
Viktoria Kuzmova (SVK) d. Anastasia Potapova (RUS) 3-6 6-3 6-4

Venue: AEGON Arena, Bratislava, Slovakia

Surface: Indoor hard courts

Team Slovakia: Magdalena Rybarikova, Viktoria Kuzmova, Jana Cepelova, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Matej Liptak (captain)

Team Russia: Natalia Vikhlyantseva, Anna Kalinskaya, Anastasia Potapova, Veronika Kudermetova, Anastasia Myskina (captain)


Australia vs Ukraine

Preview
Australia, who last won the Fed Cup in 1974, are trying to get back into the World Group for the first time since 2015 and should have an excellent chance as they host a Ukraine team missing world no. 3 Elina Svitolina, with the home team led by world no. 16 Ashleigh Barty and world no. 26 Daria Gavrilova.

Results

Ashleigh Barty's class shone through as Australia edged Ukraine to qualify for April's World Group play-offs.

Australia 3-2 Ukraine
Ashleigh Barty (AUS) d. Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
Marta Kostyuk (UKR) d. Daria Gavrilova (AUS), 7-6(3), 6-3
Ashleigh Barty (AUS) d. Marta Kostyuk (UKR) 6-2 6-3
Nadiia Kichenok (UKR) d. Daria Gavrilova (AUS) 4-6 6-2 6-3
Ashleigh Barty/Casey Dellacqua d. Lyudmyla Kichenok/Nadiia Kichenok 6-3 6-4

Venue: Canberra Tennis Centre, Canberra, Australia

Surface: Grass

Team Australia: Ashleigh Barty, Daria Gavrilova, Destanee Aiava, Casey Dellacqua, Alicia Molik (captain)



Team Ukraine: Marta Kostyuk, Lyudmyla Kichenok, Nadiia Kichenok, Dasha Lopatetskaya, Mikhail Filima (captain)

Romania vs Canada

Preview
Romania suffered a blow when world no. 2 Simona Halep pulled out due to the ankle injury she sustained on her way to the Australian Open final in January, but they can still field a strong team led by top-50 players Irina-Camelia Begu and Sorana Cirstea, while Canada are on a five-tie winning streak but may be punching above their weight with their highest-ranked player world no. 138 Carol Zhao.

Results

Romania eased into the World Group play-offs with a comfortable victory over Canada in Cluj.

Romania 3-0 Canada
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. Carol Zhao (CAN), 6-2, 6-2
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) d. Bianca Andreescu (CAN), 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-2
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) d. Katherine Sebov (CAN) 6-2 6-4

Venue: Sala Polivalenta Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Surface: Indoor hard courts

Team Romania: Irina-Camelia Begu, Sorana Cirstea, Ana Bogdan, Raluca Olaru, Florin Segarceanu (captain)



Team Canada: Carol Zhao, Bianca Andreescu, Gabriela Dabrowski, Katherine Sebov, Sylvain Bruneau (captain)


Italy vs Spain

Preview
Two former Fed Cup champion nations face off in Chieti as five-time champions Spain - minus Garbine Muguruza but ably spearheaded in her absence by Carla Suarez Navarro - face Italy, of whose golden generation of WTA players only Sara Errani has survived to be on the team.

Results

Sara Errani played a starring role as Italy took out Spain in this all-European World Group II tie. Errani lead the way with two victories, but it was Deborah Chiesa who clinched victory for the Italians, taking down Lara Arruabarrena in a dramatic third set tie break.

Italy 3-1 Spain
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) d. Jasmine Paolini (ITA), 6-2, 6-3
Sara Errani (ITA) d. Lara Arruabarrena (ESP), 6-1, 6-1
Sara Errani (ITA) d. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) 6-3 3-6 6-3
Deborah Chiesa d. Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) 6-4 2-6 7-6

Venue: Pala Tricalle 'Sandro Leombroni', Chieti, Italy

Surface: Clay, indoors

Team Italy: Sara Errani, Jasmine Paolini, Deborah Chiesa, Elisabetta Cocciaretto, Tathiana Garbin (captain)

Team Spain: Carla Suarez Navarro, Lara Arruabarrena, Georgina Garcia-Perez, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, Anabel Medina Garrigues (captain)



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