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Heart Award

The Fed Cup Heart Award is an ITF initiative that was first presented at the Final in 2009.

It aims to recognise players who have represented their country with distinction, shown exceptional courage on court and demonstrated outstanding commitment to the team during Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.

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World Group


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Angelique Kerber (GER)
Slovak Republic 1-3 Germany, Bratislava
Angelique Kerber defeated two strong opponents and battled the crowd in Slovak Republic as Germany won 3-1. Kerber defeated Daniela Hantuchova on the opening day to give Germany a 2-0 lead. Having missed two set points in the first set tiebreak, Kerber then saved two set points, before claiming it 76(9). Kerber then won the second set 61 with some magnificent tennis. On day two, Kerber faced Dominika Cibulkova, who had just reached the Australian Open final. She won 63 76(5) to send Germany through to their first Fed Cup by BNP Paribas semifinal since 1995.

Karin Knapp (ITA)
USA 1-3 Italy, Cleveland
Karin Knapp led an Italian team missing its top players to a 3-1 win in USA, defeating both her opponents. Having been the fourth player in the team for last year’s final, Knapp was promoted to No. 1 to take on a strong, young American team. She defeated Christina McHale in three sets in the opening rubber to get Italy off to a perfect start. Then, with the knowledge that if she could defeat Alison Riske Italy would win, she remained calm and produced an excellent performance to claim victory in straight sets and send Italy through to the semifinals.

Belinda Bencic (SUI)
France 3-2 Switzerland, Paris
Belinda Bencic, aged just 16 years old and playing her first live singles rubbers in Fed Cup, defeated two players ranked higher than her and played in the doubles in Switzerland’s 3-2 defeat to France. Bencic faced Alize Cornet, ranked No. 25 in the world, on the opening day of the tie. Things didn’t start well and Bencic found herself 5-2 down in the opening set. She showed great mental strength, however, and fought back to take the set 75. She then broke early in the second set and comfortably held off Cornet to level the tie. On Day 2, she came out with Switzerland trailing once more and produced a sublime performance to defeat Virginie Razzano 61 61. After a short break she was out again in the doubles but could not prevent the French from clinching the tie.

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
Sweden 2-3 Poland, Boras
Agnieszka Radwanska won both of her singles rubbers as well as the deciding doubles rubber away from home in Poland’s 3-2 victory over Sweden. Radwanska led the Polish team and defeated Sofia Arvidsson 61 61 on the opening day to level the tie at 1-1. On Day 2, Radwanska took on Johanna Larsson and won in straight sets once again, this time a 64 61 victory. She then teamed up with Alicja Rosolska to defeat Arvidsson and Larsson 62 62 and book Poland’s place in the World group play-offs. If they reach the World Group, it will be their first appearance at that level since 1994.



Group I Americas
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Teliana Pereira (BRA)
Teliana Pereira won all four of her singles rubber as Brazil’s No. 1, helping her nation reach the World Group II play-offs. Pereira defeated Domenica Gonzalez, Nikkita Fountain and Mariana Duque-Marino in the round-robin stages before overcoming Veronica Cepede-Royg in the promotional play-offs. All of her victories came in straight sets. She could also have won a doubles rubber but it was called off due to bad light with Brazil leading 60 3-0 and, as Brazil had already won the tie 2-0, the decision was made to not finish the match.

Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR)
Montserrat Gonzalez won two of her three singles rubbers as well as a doubles rubber. During the round-robin stages, Gonzalez defeated Marcela Zacarias and Andrea Gamiz and did not lose a rubber. She won a doubles rubber against Mexico and was also involved in a doubles rubber that was abandoned with Paraguay leading 6-2. Her wins helped Paraguay reach the promotional play-off. She was narrowly defeated in three sets by Paula Cristina Goncalves as Brazil defeated Paraguay in the final tie.



Group I Asia/Oceania
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Luksika Kumkhum (THA)
Luksika Kumkhum won all three singles rubbers and both of her doubles rubbers, all of which were live, as she led Thailand to the World Group II play-offs. Kumkhum defeated Lavinia Tananta and Yaroslava Shvedova in the round-robin stages before defeating Nigina Abduraimova in straight sets to level the promotional play-off. She also won two deciding doubles rubbers, one against Kazakhstan in the round-robin stages and another against Uzbekistan to secure Thailand’s place in the World Group II play-offs.

Sabina Sharipova (UZB)
Sabina Sharipova, as Uzbekistan’s No. 2 player for the week, won all four of her singles rubbers and a deciding doubles rubber as she helped Uzbekistan reach the promotional play-off. By winning all of her singles rubbers, defeating Liu Fangzhou, Yang Chia Hsien, Lee So-Ra and Noppawan Lertcheewakarn, Sharipova ensured that Uzbekistan led in every single tie during Asia/Oceania Zone Group I. She also won a deciding doubles rubber in their opening tie. Her only defeat came in the deciding doubles rubber of the promotional play-off against Thailand.



Group I Europe/Africa
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Kiki Bertens (NED)
Kiki Bertens played as No. 1 singles player for Netherlands and won all five rubbers that she contested – four singles and one doubles – without dropping a set to reach the World Group II play-offs. During the course of the Europe/Africa Zone Group I round-robin and promotional play-off ties, she defeated Donna Vekic, Yanina Wickmayer and Olga Govortsova, all of whom were ranked higher than Bertens, as well as Tiffany Cornelius. Bertens teamed up with Michaella Krajicek to defeat Darija Jurak and Petra Martic, both ranked inside the Top 60 in the doubles rankings, in her only doubles rubber.

Simona Halep (ROU)
Simona Halep recovered from losing her opening singles rubber to win her next two on the way to helping Romania reach the World Group II play-offs. Halep got off to a slow start during Europe/Africa Zone Group I, losing her first rubber to Timea Babos in three sets. However, she grew more determined from then on and went on to win all of her remaining singles rubbers. She defeated Johanna Konta in straight sets in the round-robin stages before defeating Elina Svitolina in straight sets to win the promotional play-off for Romania.



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