1997 Fed Cup World Group

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The World Group is the highest level of Fed Cup competition in 1997. Eight nations competed in a three-round knockout competition. United States was the defending champion, but they were defeated in the first round by the Netherlands. France ended up capturing their first title, defeating the Netherlands in the final.

Participating Teams[edit]

Participating Teams

Belgium

Czech Republic

France

Germany

Japan

Netherlands

Spain

United States

Draw[edit]

  1st Round
1–2 March
Semifinals
12–13 July
Final
4–5 October
                           
  Haarlem, Netherlands (Indoor carpet)
  1   United States 2  
      Netherlands 3     Prague, Czech Republic (Outdoor clay)
        Netherlands 3  
Mannheim, Germany (Indoor hard)       Czech Republic 2  
      Czech Republic 3
  3   Germany 2     's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (Indoor carpet)
        Netherlands 1
  Tokyo, Japan (Indoor hard)     4   France 4
  4   France 4  
      Japan 1     Nice, France (Outdoor clay)
    4   France 3
Sprimont, Belgium (Indoor hard)       Belgium 2  
      Belgium 5
  2   Spain 0  

First Round[edit]

United States vs. Netherlands[edit]


United States
2
Haarlem Sports Centre, Haarlem, Netherlands
1–2 March 1997
Supreme carpet (indoors)

Netherlands
3
1 2 3
1 United States
Netherlands
Mary Joe Fernández
Miriam Oremans
1
6
4
6
   
2 United States
Netherlands
Chanda Rubin
Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
4
6
6
4
6
3
 
3 United States
Netherlands
Mary Joe Fernández
Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
6
1
4
6
7
9
 
4 United States
Netherlands
Chanda Rubin
Miriam Oremans
3
6
0
6
   
5 United States
Netherlands
Gigi Fernández / Kimberly Po
Manon Bollegraf / Kristie Boogert
6
3
6
2
   

[1]

Czech Republic vs. Germany[edit]


Czech Republic
3
May Market Hall, Mannheim, Germany
1–2 March 1997
DecoTurf (indoors)

Germany
2
1 2 3
1 Czech Republic
Germany
Ludmila Richterová
Marlene Weingärtner
6
3
5
7
3
6
 
2 Czech Republic
Germany
Adriana Gerši
Barbara Rittner
6
4
6
2
   
3 Czech Republic
Germany
Ludmila Richterová
Barbara Rittner
6
1
6
4
   
4 Czech Republic
Germany
Adriana Gerši
Marlene Weingärtner
6
2
6
2
   
5 Czech Republic
Germany
Eva Martincová / Ludmila Richterová
Barbara Rittner / Elena Wagner
63
77
2
6
   

[2]

France vs. Japan[edit]


France
4
Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, Japan
1–2 March 1997
DecoTurf (indoors)

Japan
1
1 2 3
1 France
Japan
Mary Pierce
Naoko Sawamatsu
6
0
77
64
   
2 France
Japan
Nathalie Tauziat
Ai Sugiyama
4
6
7
5
6
4
 
3 France
Japan
Mary Pierce
Ai Sugiyama
5
7
79
67
4
6
 
4 France
Japan
Nathalie Tauziat
Naoko Sawamatsu
7
5
4
6
17
15
 
5 France
Japan
Alexandra Fusai / Anne-Gaëlle Sidot
Naoko Kijimuta / Kyoko Nagatsuka
7
5
6
4
   
  • This tie holds the Fed Cup record for the most games, with 172.[3]

[4]

Belgium vs. Spain[edit]


Belgium
5
Tennissimo, Sprimont, Belgium
1–2 March 1997
Greenset (indoors)

Spain
0
1 2 3
1 Belgium
Spain
Els Callens
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6
3
77
64
   
2 Belgium
Spain
Sabine Appelmans
Magüi Serna
6
1
4
6
6
3
 
3 Belgium
Spain
Sabine Appelmans
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6
3
2
6
8
6
 
4 Belgium
Spain
Els Callens
Magüi Serna
6
1
6
3
   
5 Belgium
Spain
Els Callens / Nancy Feber
Gala León García / Virginia Ruano Pascual
5
7
6
2
6
2
 

[5]

Semifinals[edit]

Czech Republic vs. Netherlands[edit]


Czech Republic
2
I. Czech Lawn Tennis Club, Prague, Czech Republic
12–13 July 1997
Red clay (outdoors)

Netherlands
3
1 2 3
1 Czech Republic
Netherlands
Sandra Kleinová
Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
1
6
65
77
   
2 Czech Republic
Netherlands
Jana Novotná
Miriam Oremans
6
3
6
0
   
3 Czech Republic
Netherlands
Jana Novotná
Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
77
63
6
3
   
4 Czech Republic
Netherlands
Adriana Gerši
Miriam Oremans
6
1
2
6
7
9
 
5 Czech Republic
Netherlands
Eva Martincová / Jana Novotná
Manon Bollegraf / Miriam Oremans
4
6
65
77
   

[6]

France vs. Belgium[edit]


France
3
Nice Lawn Tennis Club, Nice, France
12–13 July 1997
Red clay (outdoors)

Belgium
2
1 2 3
1 France
Belgium
Alexandra Fusai
Sabine Appelmans
61
77
6
3
6
1
 
2 France
Belgium
Sandrine Testud
Dominique Van Roost
6
4
5
7
4
6
 
3 France
Belgium
Sandrine Testud
Sabine Appelmans
6
2
6
4
   
4 France
Belgium
Alexandra Fusai
Dominique Van Roost
3
6
3
6
   
5 France
Belgium
Alexandra Fusai / Nathalie Tauziat
Els Callens / Dominique Van Roost
3
6
6
2
7
5
 

[7]

Final[edit]

Netherlands vs. France[edit]


Netherlands
1
Brabant Hall, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
4–5 October 1997
Supreme carpet (indoors)

France
4
1 2 3
1 Netherlands
France
Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
Sandrine Testud
4
6
6
4
3
6
 
2 Netherlands
France
Miriam Oremans
Mary Pierce
4
6
1
6
   
3 Netherlands
France
Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
Mary Pierce
4
6
6
3
6
4
 
4 Netherlands
France
Miriam Oremans
Sandrine Testud
6
0
3
6
3
6
 
5 Netherlands
France
Manon Bollegraf / Caroline Vis
Alexandra Fusai / Nathalie Tauziat
3
6
4
6
   

[8]

1997 Fed Cup Champions
France
France
First title

References[edit]

  1. ^ "United States v Netherlands". fedcup.com. 
  2. ^ "Czech Republic v Germany". fedcup.com. 
  3. ^ "Fed Cup Records". fedcup.com. 
  4. ^ "Japan v France". fedcup.com. 
  5. ^ "Belgium v Spain". fedcup.com. 
  6. ^ "Czech Republic v Netherlands". fedcup.com. 
  7. ^ "France v Belgium". fedcup.com. 
  8. ^ "Netherlands v France". fedcup.com. 

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