2019 Fed Cup

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2019 Fed Cup
Details
Duration6 February – 10 November
Edition57th
Achievements (singles)
2018
2020

The 2019 Fed Cup is the 57th edition of the most important tournament between national teams in women's tennis.

In one of the biggest shocks in this year's tournament, Romania upset title holders and 11-time winners Czech Republic at Ostrava in the quarterfinals of the competition. Czech Republic was unbeaten at home in the Fed Cup since 2009, when they lost to the United States.[1]

World Group[edit]

Participating teams

Australia

Belarus

Belgium

Czech Republic

France

Germany

Romania

United States

Seeds[edit]

  1.  Czech Republic (Quarterfinals)
  2.  United States (Quarterfinals)
  3.  Belarus (Semifinals)
  4.  France (Champions)

Draw[edit]

  Quarterfinals
9–10 February
Semifinals
20–21 April
Final
9–10 November
                           
  Ostrava, Czech Republic (hard, indoor)[2]
  1   Czech Republic 2  
    Romania 3     Rouen, France (clay, indoor)[3]
      Romania 2  
  Liège, Belgium (hard, indoor)[4]   4   France 3  
  4   France 3
    Belgium 1     Perth, Australia (hard)[5][6]
    4   France 3
  Braunschweig, Germany (hard, indoor)[7]       Australia 2
    Germany 0  
  3   Belarus 4     Brisbane, Australia (hard)[8]
    3   Belarus 2
  Asheville, United States (hard, indoor)[9]     Australia 3  
    Australia 3
  2   United States 2  

World Group Play-offs[edit]

The four losing teams in the World Group first round ties and four winners of the World Group II ties competed in the World Group Play-offs.

At the time of the ties taking place, it was expected that the winners would secure a place in the World Group for 2020, while the losers would be relegated to World Group II, in accordance with the existing competition structure. However, the restructuring of the Fed Cup for 2020 announced on 27 June 2019 stipulated that all eight nations which participated in the World Group Play-offs would enter into the 2020 Fed Cup Qualifiers.[10] Consequently, the results of the 2019 World Group Play-off ties had no bearing on promotion or relegation for the following year.

Participating teams

Belgium

Canada

Czech Republic

Germany

Latvia

Spain

Switzerland

United States

Seeds[edit]

Venue Surface Home Team Score Visiting Team
Prostějov, Czech Republic Clay (i)  Czech Republic 4–0  Canada
San Antonio, United States Hard (i)  United States 3–2   Switzerland
Riga, Latvia Hard (i)  Latvia 1–3  Germany
Kortrijk, Belgium Hard (i)  Belgium 2–3  Spain

World Group II[edit]

The four winners of World Group II advanced to the World Group Play-offs, whereas the four losers played the World Group II Play-offs.

Participating teams

Canada

Italy

Japan

Latvia

Netherlands

Slovakia

Spain

Switzerland

Seeds[edit]

Venue Surface Home Team Score Visiting Team
Biel/Bienne, Switzerland Hard (i)   Switzerland 3–1  Italy
Riga, Latvia Hard (i)  Latvia 4–0  Slovakia
Kitakyushu, Japan Hard (i)  Japan 2–3  Spain
's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Clay (i)  Netherlands 0–4  Canada

World Group II Play-offs[edit]

The four losing teams in the World Group II ties and four winners of the zonal Groups I competed in the World Group II Play-offs.

At the time of the ties taking place, it was expected that the winners would secure a place in the World Group II for 2020, while the losers would be relegated to their respective zonal Group I, in accordance with the existing competition structure. However, the restructuring of the Fed Cup for 2020 announced on 27 June 2019 stipulated that the four winning nations will instead enter the 2020 Fed Cup Qualifiers. Of the four losing nations, the two with the highest ITF Fed Cup Nations Ranking (as of 22 April 2019) will also enter the 2020 Fed Cup Qualifiers, while only the remaining two losing nations will be relegated to their respective zonal Group I.[11]

Participating Teams

Brazil

Great Britain

Italy

Japan

Kazakhstan

Netherlands

Russia

Slovakia

Seeds[edit]

Venue Surface Home Team Score Visiting Team
Moscow, Russia Clay (i)  Russia 4–0  Italy
Osaka, Japan Hard  Japan 4–0  Netherlands
London, Great Britain Hard (i)  Great Britain 3–1  Kazakhstan
Bratislava, Slovakia Clay (i)  Slovakia 3–1  Brazil

Status of losing teams[edit]

 Russia,  Japan,  Great Britain and  Slovakia entered the 2020 Fed Cup Qualifiers, having won their respective World Group II Play-off ties. The fate of the four losing nations depended on their ITF Fed Cup Nations Ranking as of 22 April 2019.

Nation ITF Fed Cup Nations Ranking
(as of 22 April 2019)
Status
 Kazakhstan 17 Entry into 2020 Fed Cup Qualifiers
 Brazil 18
 Netherlands 19 Entry into 2020 Europe/Africa Zone Group I
 Italy 24

Americas Zone[edit]

Group I[edit]

Venue: Club Campestre Sede Llanogrande, Medellín, Colombia (clay)

Dates: 6–9 February

Participating teams

Play-offs[edit]

Group II[edit]

Venue 1: Tennis Club Las Terrazas Miraflores, Lima, Peru (clay)
Venue 2: Centro Nacional de Tenis, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (hard)

Dates: 16–20 April

Participating teams
Pool A (Santo Domingo)

Play-offs[edit]

  •  Peru and  Venezuela were promoted to Americas Zone Group I in 2020.

Asia/Oceania Zone[edit]

Group I[edit]

Venue: Daulet National Tennis Centre, Astana, Kazakhstan (indoor hard)

Dates: 6–9 February

Participating teams

Play-offs[edit]

Group II[edit]

Venue 1: Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe, Tajikistan (hard)

Dates: 12–15 June

Venue 2: National Tennis Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (hard)

Dates: 19–23 June

Participating teams

Play-offs[edit]

Europe/Africa Zone[edit]

Group I[edit]

Venue 1: Hala Widowiskowo-Sportowa, Zielona Góra, Poland (indoor hard)
Venue 2: University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom (indoor hard)

Dates: 6–9 February

Participating teams

Play-offs[edit]

Group II[edit]

Venue: Centre National de Tennis, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg (indoor hard)

Dates: 6–9 February

Participating teams

Play-offs[edit]

Group III[edit]

Venue 1: Tali Tennis Center, Helsinki, Finland (indoor hard)
Venue 2: Ulcinj Bellevue, Ulcinj, Montenegro (clay)

Dates: 15–20 April

Participating teams

Play-offs[edit]

  •  Finland and  Egypt were promoted to Europe/Africa Zone Group II in 2020.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Halep overcomes Pliskova as Romanians stun Czechs in Fed Cup
  2. ^ "Czech Republic v Romania". FedCup.com. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  3. ^ "France v Romania". FedCup.com. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  4. ^ "Belgium v France". FedCup.com. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  5. ^ "Australia v France". FedCup.com. Retrieved 2019-04-22.
  6. ^ "Ash Barty to play in Perth at Fed Cup final at RAC Arena". The West Australian. Retrieved 2019-06-17.
  7. ^ "Germany v Belarus". FedCup.com. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  8. ^ "Australia v Belarus". FedCup.com. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  9. ^ "USA v Australia". FedCup.com. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  10. ^ "ITF launches Fed Cup Finals in Budapest". FedCup.com. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  11. ^ "ITF launches Fed Cup Finals in Budapest". FedCup.com. Retrieved 2019-06-27.

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