Australia Fed Cup team

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Australia
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Nickname Cockatoos
Association Tennis Australia
Confederation Oceania Tennis Federation
Captain Alicia Molik (since 2013)
ITF ranking No. 5
Highest ITF ranking No. 4 (10 February 2014)
Lowest ITF ranking No. 26 (11 July 2006)
Colors Green and Gold
Most wins Wendy Turnbull (46–16)
Most ties played Wendy Turnbull (45)
Appearances 51 (since 1963)
Best result W (1964, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974)
First tie
 Australia 3–0  Belgium
(London, United Kingdom; 17 June 1963)
Biggest win
 Australia 5–0   Switzerland
(Chavannes-de-Bogis, Switzerland; 15–16 July 2006)
Biggest defeat
 Argentina 5–0  Australia
(San Miguel, Argentina; 22–23 July 1995)
Website

The Australia Fed Cup team represents Australia in international women's tennis and is directed by Tennis Australia. The team played in the first ever tournament in 1963, and is one of four teams that has taken part in every single edition since.[1]

The Australian national team is one of the most successful in world tennis. They are seven-time world champions and have reached a total of seventeen finals, both second highest all-time behind United States.[2] Between 1963 and 1980, the Australian team played in every single final except for three. However, in recent times the Australian team has had a comparative lack of success, only appearing in the World Group five times between 1995 and 2010, and never going beyond the first round.[1] However, the team has experienced a resurgence in recent times, accumulating a 15–6 win–loss record since 2005 and returning to the World Group in 2011 and 2013.[3][4] Samantha Stosur holds the record for most singles wins by an Australian in Fed Cup, while Wendy Turnbull holds the record for most doubles wins, most overall tie wins, and most ties participated in.[1]

Alicia Molik is the current captain and has held that position since 2013.[5] Currently, the team is No. 8 in the ITF Rankings, two places lower than their highest-ever rank since the inception of the rankings in 2002.[6]

Current team[edit]

Name[1] DOB[1] First[1] Last[1] Ties[1] Win/Loss[1] Ranks[a]
Sin Dou Tot Sin Dou
Barty, AshleighAshleigh Barty (1996-04-24)April 24, 1996 2013 2014 4 1–0 2–1 3–1 182 18
Dellacqua, CaseyCasey Dellacqua (1985-02-11)February 11, 1985 2006 2014 15 5–4 9–2 14–6 53 17
Gajdošová, JarmilaJarmila Gajdošová (1987-04-26)April 26, 1987 2011 2013 6 5–4 0–2 5–6 303 96
Moore, JessicaJessica Moore (1990-08-16)August 16, 1990 2008 2009 3 1–2 0–0 1–2 473 249
Rodionova, AnastasiaAnastasia Rodionova (1982-05-12)May 12, 1982 2010 2011 3 1–2 1–2 2–4 221 =20
Rogowska, OliviaOlivia Rogowska (1991-06-07)June 7, 1991 2012 2012 1 0–1 0–0 0–1 133 95
Stosur, SamanthaSamantha Stosur (1984-03-30)March 30, 1984 2003 2014 26 27–13 6–0 33–13 19 43

History[edit]

Players[edit]

Forty-four players have represented Fed Cup for Australia since its inception in 1963.[1] Wendy Turnbull holds the record for the most ties played, having appeared in forty-five ties during her eleven-year Fed Cup career. Rennae Stubbs is second, with forty-one ties, although she had by far competed for more years than anyone else (with seventeen) before her retirement after the team's 2011 tie against Italy.[15] Alicia Molik, the current captain,[5] is tenth, having played in twenty-two ties, one less than the highest active player Samantha Stosur.[1] Turnbull took the record for most ties in 1986,[16] taking the record from current third Dianne Balestrat.[17] Balestrat was also the youngest person to reach twenty ties, at 23 years old.[17] Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong Cawley share the record of people to reach twenty ties to have the highest winning percentage, with 35–5 or 0.875%.[1]

Stosur holds the record for most Australia Fed Cup singles wins. She had her first win in 2004 against Napaporn Tongsalee, and went on to take the record from Balestrat nine years later after defeating Romina Oprandi in 2013.[1][18] Court holds the record for most prolific singles player, averaging once win for every tie she played and also accumulating a 100% singles winning percentage.[1] Court was also the first player to accumulate ten wins for the team, having achieved the feat in 1965.[1][19] Nicole Bradtke was the youngest person to achieve her tenth win, doing so in April 1995 against Radka Zrubáková while aged 22 years, 1 month.[20] Current captain Molik is once again tenth on this factor, sharing the record with Bradtke at twelve.[1]

Turnbull holds the record for most doubles wins, accumulating twenty-nine wins before her final tie in 1988 against West Germany, and taking this record from Kerry Melville Reid, the current third, in 1982.[16] Turnbull and Melville Reid together also hold the record for most doubles wins as a team, with eleven.[1] Of the players that have achieved ten doubles wins, Judy Tegart Dalton was the most prolific, averaging 0.8 wins per tie.[1] Goolagong Cawley achieved the highest win percentage, at 86.7%.[1] Court was once again the first player to reach ten doubles wins, doing so after beating Winnie Shaw and Virginia Wade alongside Melville Reid in 1968.[19] Stubbs, currently second, was the youngest person to achieve ten doubles wins, at 24 years, 1 month.[21] Of the active players, Casey Dellacqua, tenth, has the most doubles wins at seven.[1]

Jelena Dokic was the youngest player to compete for Australia, and also the youngest person to win a match for Australia when she defeated Mariana Díaz-Oliva in 1998 aged 15 years, 3 months.[1][22] Rennae Stubbs, on the other hand, was the oldest player to compete and win a match, winning her last match aged 39 years, 1 month, and playing her final tie aged 39 years, 10 months.[1][21]

Most ties played[edit]

# Name AUS career Ties Tot W/L
1 Turnbull, WendyWendy Turnbull 1977–1988 45 46–16
2 Stubbs, RennaeRennae Stubbs 1992–2011 41 28–13
3 Balestrat, DianneDianne Balestrat 1974–1983 37 35–11
4 Smylie, ElizabethElizabeth Smylie 1984–1994 31 24–13
5 Melville Reid, KerryKerry Melville Reid 1967–1979 29 37–10
6 Goolagong Cawley, EvonneEvonne Goolagong Cawley 1970–1982 26 35–5
6 Stosur, SamanthaSamantha Stosur 2003– 26 33–13
8 McQuillan, RachelRachel McQuillan 1990–2001 23 11–21
8 Minter, AnneAnne Minter 1981–1989 23 20–6
10 Molik, AliciaAlicia Molik 1999–2010 22 18–21

Most singles wins[edit]

# Name AUS career Ties Sin W/L Dou W/L
1 Stosur, SamanthaSamantha Stosur 2003– 26 27–13 6–0
2 Balestrat, DianneDianne Balestrat 1974–1983 37 24–9 11–2
3 Goolagong Cawley, EvonneEvonne Goolagong Cawley 1970–1982 26 22–3 13–2
4 Court, MargaretMargaret Court 1963–1971 20 20–0 15–5
4 Melville Reid, KerryKerry Melville Reid 1967–1979 29 20–4 17–6
6 Turnbull, WendyWendy Turnbull 1977–1988 45 17–8 29–8
7 Minter, AnneAnne Minter 1981–1989 23 16–6 4–0
8 Dokic, JelenaJelena Dokic 1998–2012 17 15–2 1–1
9 Pratt, NicoleNicole Pratt 1998–2007 20 14–12 1–1
10 Bradtke, NicoleNicole Bradtke 1988–1996 17 12–8 6–1
10 Molik, AliciaAlicia Molik 1999–2010 22 12–15 6–6

Most doubles wins[edit]

# Name AUS career Ties Dou W/L Sin W/L
1 Turnbull, WendyWendy Turnbull 1977–1988 45 29–8 17–8
2 Stubbs, RennaeRennae Stubbs 1992–2011 41 28–10 0–3
3 Melville Reid, KerryKerry Melville Reid 1967–1979 29 17–6 20–4
3 Smylie, ElizabethElizabeth Smylie 1984–1994 31 17–5 7–8
5 Court, MargaretMargaret Court 1963–1971 20 15–5 20–0
6 Goolagong Cawley, EvonneEvonne Goolagong Cawley 1970–1982 26 13–2 22–3
7 Tegart Dalton, JudyJudy Tegart Dalton 1965–1970 15 12–3 6–1
8 Balestrat, DianneDianne Balestrat 1974–1983 37 11–2 24–9
9 Leo, SusanSusan Leo 1980–1983 13 9–3 2–0
9 Dellacqua, CaseyCasey Dellacqua 2006– 15 9–2 5–4

Top ten players[edit]

Singles[edit]

Player Record W% Hardcourt Clay Grass Carpet
Number 1 ranked players
Margaret Court 20–0 100% 0–0 7–0 13–0 0–0
Evonne Goolagong Cawley 22–3 88% 6–1 10–1 2–0 4–1
Number 2 ranked players
Lesley Turner Bowrey 7–3 70% 0–0 0–2 7–1 0–0
Number 3 ranked players
Wendy Turnbull 17–8 68% 5–0 10–6 2–2 0–0
Number 4 ranked players
Dianne Balestrat 24–9 72.72% 2–1 15–6 5–2 2–2
Jelena Dokic 13–2 86.67% 6–1 1–1 1–0 5–0
Samantha Stosur 27–13 67.50% 17–9 8–2 2–0 0–2
Number 7 ranked players
Jan O'Neill 3–0 100% 0–0 0–0 3–0 0–0
Judy Tegart Dalton 6–1 85.71% 0–0 6–1 0–0 0–0
Kerry Melville Reid 20–4 83.33% 0–0 9–3 8–1 3–0
Lesley Hunt 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Number 8 ranked players
Alicia Molik 12–15 44.44% 5–4 3–9 3–1 1–1

Doubles[edit]

Player Record W% Hardcourt Clay Grass Carpet
Number 1 ranked players
Margaret Court 15–5 75% 0–0 5–2 10–3 0–0
Rennae Stubbs 28–10 73.68% 13–2 13–4 2–0 0–4
Samantha Stosur 6–0 100% 5–0 1–0 0–0 0–0
Number 5 ranked players
Wendy Turnbull 29–8 78.38% 9–2 12–4 8–2 0–0
Elizabeth Smylie 17–5 77.27% 7–2 10–3 0–0 0–0
Number 6 ranked players
Alicia Molik 6–6 50% 5–1 1–2 0–0 0–3
Number 9 ranked players
Casey Dellacqua 9–2 81.8% 8–1 1–1 0–0 0–0
Number 10 ranked players
Jelena Dokic 1–1 50% 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–1
*Active players in bold, statistics as of 23 April 2013.

Results[edit]

Tournament 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 W–L
Federation Cup
World Group F W W SF SF W F W W SF W W F F F F F F SF SF QF F SF QF QF QF SF 2R 2R SF F 2R 92–25
Win–Loss 3–1 4–0 3–0 2–1 1–1 4–0 2–1 4–0 2–0 2–1 4–0 4–0 3–1 4–1 4–1 4–1 4–1 4–1 3–1 3–1 2–1 4–1 3–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 4–1 1–1
Tournament 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Fed Cup
World Group A A A A A 11th 7th 1R 1R 1R A A A A A A QF A QF SF 1–12
World Group Play-offs L A L A A NH W W W L A A A A A W L W W A 7–4
World Group II W L W L L Not Held A A L A A W A W A A 4–4
World Group II Play-offs A W A W W A W L A W A A A A A 8–1
Asia/Oceania Zone Group I A A A A A A A A A A 2nd W A 4th W A A A A A 12–2
Win–Loss 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–1 0–3 2–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 4–0 0–2 2–1 5–0 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 1-1 124–48
Year End Ranking 11 12 19 26 16 18 20 14 7 10 6 8

Records[edit]

In terms of time, the longest rubber involving an Australian player was Fabiola Zuluaga's 2003, 2–6, 7–6(7–4), 8–10, defeat of Alicia Molik, which took two hour, forty-three minutes. However, the longest rubber in terms of games was Margaret Court and Kerry Reid's 1968, 9–7, 3–6, 14–12, defeat of Winnie Shaw and Virginia Wade, which lasted fifty-one games and holds the overall Fed Cup record.[23] This match also holds the Australian Fed Cup record of most games in a set.[1]

The longest tie in terms of time and games was the Italy–Australia match in 2011, which lasted for ten hours and twenty-six minutes and featured a hundred and forty-nine games. The match also holds the overall Fed Cup record for most tiebreaks in a tie with five.[23] The Australian Fed Cup record for longest tiebreak was also set in 2011, with Anastasia Rodionova's, 6–7(3–7), 6–7(12–14), loss to Olga Savchuk.[1]

Australia was also featured in two of the five 0–2 comebacks featured since inception. The Australian team defeated Canada in the competition's first ever 0–2 comeback in 1996, while Austria beat the team three years later for the second event.[23]

The Australian team also holds the record for longest streak of consecutive finals, from 1973–1980.[2] It was during this period that they accumulated their longest tie winning streak at eleven.[1]

Longest winning streak[edit]

Year Competition Date Location Opponent Score Result
1973 World Group, Second Round 2 May Bad Homburg (FRG)  Japan 3–0 Won
World Group, Quarterfinals 4 May  Indonesia 3–0 Won
World Group, Semifinals 5 May  West Germany 3–0 Won
World Group, Final 6 May  South Africa 3–0 Won
1974 World Group, Second Round May Naples (ITA)  Japan 2–0 Won
World Group, Quarterfinals  Italy 3–0 Won
World Group, Semifinals  Great Britain 3–0 Won
World Group, Final  United States 2–1 Won
1975 World Group, Second Round May Aix-en-Provence (FRA)  Belgium 2–0 Won
World Group, Quarterfinals  Italy 3–0 Won
World Group, Semifinals  United States 2–1 Won
World Group, Final  Czechoslovakia 0–3 Lost

Finals: 18 (7 titles, 11 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Venue Surface Team Opponents Opposing Team Score
Runner-up 1963 Queen's Club, London, United Kingdom Grass Margaret Smith
Jan O'Neill
Lesley Turner
 United States Darlene Hard
Billie Jean Moffitt
1–2
Winner 1964 Germantown Cricket Club, Philadelphia, United States Grass Margaret Smith
Lesley Turner
Robyn Ebbern
 United States Billie Jean Moffitt
Nancy Richey
Karen Hantze Susman
2–1
Winner 1965 Kooyong Stadium, Melbourne, Australia Grass Margaret Smith
Lesley Turner
Judy Tegart
 United States Billie Jean Moffitt
Carole Caldwell Graebner
2–1
Winner 1968 Stade Roland Garros, Paris, France Red clay Margaret Court
Kerry Melville
 Netherlands Astrid Suurbeck
Marijke Jansen
Lidy Venneboer
3–0
Runner-up 1969 Athens Tennis Club, Athens, Greece Red clay Margaret Court
Kerry Melville
Judy Tegart
 United States Nancy Richey
Julie Heldman
Jane Bartkowicz
1–2
Winner 1970 Freiburg Tennis Club, Freiburg, West Germany Red clay Judy Tegart
Karen Krantzcke
 West Germany Helga Niessen
Helga Hösl
3–0
Winner 1971 Royal King's Park Tennis Club, Perth, Australia Grass Margaret Court
Evonne Goolagong
Lesley Hunt
 Great Britain Virginia Wade
Ann Jones
Winnie Shaw
3–0
Winner 1973 Bad Homburg Tennis Club, Bad Homburg, West Germany Red clay Evonne Goolagong
Patricia Coleman
Janet Young
 South Africa Patricia Walkden
Brenda Kirk
3–0
Winner 1974 Naples Tennis Club, Naples, Italy Red clay Evonne Goolagong
Dianne Fromholtz
Janet Young
 United States Julie Heldman
Jeanne Evert
Sharon Walsh
2–1
Runner-up 1975 Aixoise C.C., Aix-en-Provence, France Red clay Evonne Goolagong
Helen Gourlay
Dianne Fromholtz
 Czechoslovakia Martina Navrátilová
Renáta Tomanová
0–3
Runner-up 1976 The Spectrum, Philadelphia, United States Carpet (i) Evonne Goolagong Cawley
Kerry Melville Reid
Dianne Fromholtz
 United States Billie Jean King
Rosemary Casals
1–2
Runner-up 1977 Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, United Kingdom Grass Kerry Melville Reid
Dianne Fromholtz
Wendy Turnbull
 United States Chris Evert
Billie Jean King
Rosemary Casals
1–2
Runner-up 1978 Kooyong Stadium, Melbourne, Australia Grass Kerry Melville Reid
Wendy Turnbull
Dianne Fromholtz
 United States Chris Evert
Tracy Austin
Billie Jean King
1–2
Runner-up 1979 RSHE Club Campo, Madrid, Spain Red clay Kerry Melville Reid
Wendy Turnbull
Dianne Fromholtz
 United States Chris Evert Lloyd
Tracy Austin
Billie Jean King
Rosemary Casals
0–3
Runner-up 1980 Rot-Weiss Tennis Club, West Berlin, West Germany Red clay Dianne Fromholtz
Wendy Turnbull
Susan Leo
 United States Chris Evert Lloyd
Tracy Austin
Rosemary Casals
Kathy Jordan
0–3
Runner-up 1984 Esporte Clube Pinheiros, São Paulo, Brazil Red clay Elizabeth Sayers
Wendy Turnbull
Anne Minter
Elizabeth Minter
 Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
Helena Suková
Iva Budařová
Marcela Skuherská
1–2
Runner-up 1993 Waldstadion T.C., Frankfurt, Germany Red clay Nicole Provis
Michelle Jaggard-Lai
Elizabeth Smylie
Rennae Stubbs
 Spain Conchita Martínez
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Virginia Ruano Pascual
Cristina Torrens Valero
0–3

Head-to-head record[edit]

Player Record W% Hard Clay Grass Carpet
 Netherlands 8–1 88.89% 3–0 4–1 1–0 0–0
 Germany 8–5 61.53% 0–3 6–2 1–0 1–0
 Great Britain 7–3 70% 0–1 4–2 2–0 1–0
  Switzerland 6–1 85.71% 1–0 3–1 2–0 0–0
 Denmark 5–0 100% 2–0 2–0 1–0 0–0
 New Zealand 5–0 100% 4–0 0–0 1–0 0–0
 France 5–1 83.33% 0–0 2–0 3–0 0–1
 Italy 5–1 83.33% 3–1 2–0 0–0 0–0
 Belgium 5–3 62.5% 0–0 2–2 2–0 1–1
 United States 5–8 38.46% 0–1 3–3 2–3 0–1
 Canada 4–0 100% 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–0
 Japan 4–0 100% 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–0
 South Africa 4–0 100% 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–0
 South Korea 4–0 100% 4–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
 Argentina 4–1 80% 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–0
 Indonesia 4–1 80% 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–0
 Russia 4–3 57.2% 2–0 1–0 1–1 0–2
 Chinese Taipei 3–0 100% 3–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
 Czech Republic 3–5 37.5% 0–2 3–3 0–0 0–0
 Spain 3–7 30% 3–3 0–4 0–0 0–0
Player Record W% Hard Clay Grass Carpet
 Brazil 2–0 100% 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0
 Hungary 2–0 100% 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0
 India 2–0 100% 2–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
 Romania 2–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–0
 Sweden 2–0 100% 0–0 2–0 0–0 0–0
 Bulgaria 2–1 66.67% 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–0
 China 2–1 66.67% 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–0
 Austria 2–3 40% 0–0 1–3 1–0 0–0
 Colombia 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
 Finland 1–0 100% 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0
 Israel 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
 Latvia 1–0 100% 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0
 Mexico 1–0 100% 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0
 Norway 1–0 100% 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0
 Philippines 1–0 100% 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0
 Serbia 1–0 100% 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0
 Slovakia 1–0 100% 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0
 Uzbekistan 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
 Thailand 1–1 50% 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0
 Ukraine 1–2 33.33% 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–0
*Previous champions in bold, teams that have been ranked no. 1 in italics, statistics as of 23 April 2013.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Most recent Year-End ranks (2012). See[7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Fed Cup Champions". International Tennis Federation. 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Czechs to host Australia in Fed Cup World Group". Tennis Australia. 17 October 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Taylor stands down as Fed Cup coach". Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). 15 December 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Matthews, B. (18 January 2013). "Former world No.8 Alicia Molik appointed new Fed Cup captain". News Limited. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Fed Cup Nations Ranking History. International Tennis Federation. 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ashleigh Barty". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Casey Dellacqua". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Jelena Dokic". Women's Tennis Association. 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Jarmila Gajdošová". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Jessica Moore". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Anastasia Rodionova". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "Olivia Rogowska". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Samantha Stosur". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  15. ^ Gabriel, C. (6 February 2011). "Stubbs makes emotional farewell". International Tennis Federation. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "Wendy Turnbull (AUS)". International Tennis Federation. 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  17. ^ a b "Dianne Balestrat (AUS)". International Tennis Federation. 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  18. ^ "Samantha Stosur (AUS)". International Tennis Federation. 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  19. ^ a b "Margaret Court (AUS)". International Tennis Federation. 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  20. ^ "Nicole Bradtke (AUS)". International Tennis Federation. 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  21. ^ a b "Rennae Stubbs (AUS)". International Tennis Federation. 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  22. ^ "Jelena Dokic (AUS)". International Tennis Federation. 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  23. ^ a b c "Records". International Tennis Federation. 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 

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