World Group Final starts in

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22 October 2010


NEWS ARTICLE

Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)

The Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final between USA and Italy is being held in San Diego, California on 6-7 November.

Keep reading for all the facts and figures about the tie...



General

> This is the 48th Fed Cup Final since the competition began in 1963 and the 16th since the creation of the World Group in 1995.

> In total, 80 nations competed in Fed Cup in 2010, five more than the previous year.

> USA and Italy feature among the 11 nations to have lifted the trophy. The others are Australia, Czech Republic (competing as Czechoslovakia), Spain, Russia, France, Germany, Belgium, Slovak Republic and South Africa.



Head-to-head

> This is a repeat of last year’s Final in Reggio Calabria, when Italy recorded a comprehensive 4-0 victory on clay to be crowned champion for the second time.

> That triumph was Italy’s only ever win over USA. Overall, the Americans hold an imposing 9-1 head-to-head record against the Italians.

> The last time USA played against Italy at home was in 2003, when Billie Jean King's team recorded a routine 5-0 win in Washington. Francesca Schiavone is the only current player to also be involved in that tie.

> The first ever Fed Cup tie for both USA and Italy was against each other at the inaugural competition in 1963, played at Queen’s Club in London. The Americans triumphed 3-0 on the way to being crowned champion.

> Since then, USA has compiled a win-loss record of 140-29, including an incredible 37-tie unbeaten run that began in 1976. Italy has an overall record of 65-52.

> Italy and USA are currently ranked No. 1 and No. 3 respectively in the Fed Cup Nations Ranking. The Italians jumped to top spot for the first time after winning the title in 2009. Russia is No. 2 in the rankings.



Venue

> The Final is being held at the San Diego Sports Arena in California, which has never previously held a Fed Cup tie, although it has been used for Davis Cup. It becomes the eighth American venue to host both a Davis Cup and Fed Cup tie.

> USA has never been defeated in California, having won all seven of its previous ties. The most recent victory was over Germany in 2008.

> This is only the fifth time in the competition’s history that the Final is being played on an indoor hard court. The most popular surface to host the Final is clay, having been used 22 times.



USA

> USA is appearing in its 28th Fed Cup Final. It has won the title 17 times, making it the most successful nation. With seven wins, Australia is second on the list of all-time champions.

> USA won the inaugural Fed Cup in 1963 and, in total, has played in the competition for 46 years.

> Between 1976 and 1982, USA was crowned champion an unprecedented seven consecutive times. During this period, it set records for the most number of consecutive tie wins at 37 and most number of consecutive rubber wins at 64.

> Venus and Serena Williams both made their Fed Cup debuts against Italy in 1999. The sisters were unbeaten during the World Group semifinal tie, which USA won 4-1.

> USA went on to win the title in 1999, defeating Russia 4-1 at home in the Final. This was the last triumph for the Americans.

> Mary Joe Fernandez has led the American team to the Final in her first two years as captain. USA has already defeated France 4-1 and Russia 3-2 in this year’s competition.



Italy

> Italy is bidding to retain the Fed Cup trophy for the first time, having won the title in 2009 and 2006. The Italians are appearing in their fourth Final in five years.

> Italy took part in the inaugural Fed Cup in 1963 and, in total, has competed in the competition for 47 years.

> Flavia Pennetta, Francesca Schiavone and Roberta Vinci were named in the team for all of Italy’s previous appearances in the Final, against Belgium in 2006, Russia in 2007 and USA in 2009. Corrado Barazzutti was also the captain on each occasion.

> If Italy defeats USA, it will become the sixth nation to win the title on three or more occasions. The others are USA, Australia, Czech Republic (competing as Czechoslovakia), Spain and Russia.

> Italy defeated Ukraine 4-1 and Czech Republic 5-0 to reach this year’s Final. The Italians are currently on a five-tie winning streak and have won 11 of their last 13 ties, dating back to 2006.

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