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  • Most Games in a Tie

    'Best of Five' Format

    France defeated Japan 4-1 in 1997 World Group I first round in Japan
    162 Mary Pierce (FRA) d. Naoko Sawamatsu (JPN)
    Nathalie Tauziat (FRA) d. Ai Sugiyama (JPN)
    Ai Sugiyama (JPN) d. Mary Pierce (FRA)
    Nathalie Tauziat (FRA) d. Naoko Sawamatsu (JPN)
    Alexandra Fusai/Anne-Gaelle Sidot (FRA) d. Naoko Kijimuta/Kyoko Nagatsuka (JPN)
    60 76(4)
    46 75 64
    75 67(7) 64
    75 46 1715
    75 64
    1512001 (WG-2R) Argentina d. Germany 4-1 in Germany
    2004 (WG-PO) Germany d. Ukraine 3-2 in Ukraine
    1492011 (WG-1R) Italy d. Australia 4-1 in Australia
    1431996 (WG-1R) Japan d. Germany 3-2 in Japan

    'Best of Three' Format

    Canada defeated Switzerland 2-1 in 1977 Consolation second round in Great Britain
    104 Petra Delhees (SUI) d. Lisette Senn (CAN)
    Marjorie Blackwood (CAN) d. Monica Simmen (SUI)
    Blackwood/Barbara Brankovska (CAN) d. Delhees/Anne-Marie Ruegg (SUI)
    64 46 64
    26 60 86
    86 46 1210
    102*1999 (WG2-PO) Slovenia d. Netherlands 2-1 in Netherlands
    992000 (WG-RR) Belgium d. Australia 2-1 in Russia
    Most games in ‘best of three’ tie since introduction of tiebreak (1980)
  • Longest-Recorded Ties in Duration

    The longest-known ties in terms of actual playing time:

    12 hours, 27 minutesFrance defeated Slovak Republic 3-2 in 2009 World Group play-offs in France
    10 hours, 34 minutesArgentina defeated Austria 4-1 in 2008 World Group II first round in Argentina
    10 hours, 26 minutesSpain defeated Belgium 3-2 in 2004 World Group quarterfinal in Spain
    Italy defeated Australia 4-1 in 2011 World Group first round in Australia
  • Most Decisive victory in a tie

    'Best of Five' Format

    In Fed Cup ties where all five rubbers have been completed, Belarus holds the record for conceding the fewest games after they defeated Estonia 5-0 in 2011 for the loss of just 13 games.

    Belarus defeated Estonia 5-0 in 2011 World Group II first round in Belarus
    Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Anett Kontaveit (EST)62 60
    Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. Margit Ruutel (EST)60 60
    Darya Kustova (BLR) d. Maret Ani (EST)63 61
    Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. Anett Kontaveit (EST)60 62
    Darya Kustova/Tatiana Poutchek (BLR) d. Maret Ani/Anett Kontaveit (EST)62 63

    'Best of Three' Format

    There have been 11 occasions when a nation has won a Fed Cup tie 3-0 without dropping a single game:

    YearTieEvent
    1991Poland defeated Kenya 3-0Fed Cup qualifying round in Great Britain
    1995Denmark defeated Botswana 3-0Europe/Africa Zone Group II round-robin in Kenya
    1998Turkey defeated Ethiopia 3-0Europe/Africa Zone Group II round-robin in Turkey
    1998Mexico defeated Antigua & Barbuda 3-0Americas Zone Group II round-robin in Mexico
    1998India defeated Iraq 3-0Asia/Oceania Zone Group II round-robin in Thailand
    1999Israel defeated Iceland 3-0Europe/Africa Zone Group II round-robin in Spain
    2000New Zealand defeated Singapore 3-0Asia/Oceania Zone Group I round-robin in Japan
    2000Uzbekistan defeated Iraq 3-0Asia/Oceania Zone Group II round-robin in Japan
    2007Argentina defeated Dominican Republic 3-0Americas Zone Group I round-robin in Argentina
    2007New Zealand defeated Jordan 3-0Asia/Oceania Zone Group I round-robin in New Zealand
    2009Kazakhstan defeated Iran 3-0Asia/Oceania Zone Group II round-robin in Australia
  • Most Games in a Rubber

    (World Group ties in bold)

    Singles
    54Nathalie TAUZIAT (FRA) d. Naoko SAWAMATSU (JPN)
    (France defeated Japan 4-1 in 1997 World Group I Main Draw First Round in Japan)
    75 46 1715
    54Maria Victoria BALDOVINOS CIBEIRA (ESP) d. Judith CONNOR (NZL)
    (Spain defeated New Zealand 3-0 in 1974 World Group First Round in Italy)
    64 1113 119
    49Jessica FERNANDEZ (MEX) d. Carmina GIRALDO (COL)
    (Mexico defeated Colombia 2-1 in 1995 Group I Americas Main Draw Round Robin in Venezuela)
    67(4) 75 1311
    46Anastasia MYSKINA (RUS) d. Martina MULLER (GER)
    (Germany defeated Russia 3-2 in 2002 World Group First Round in Germany)
    76(5) 67(4) 119
    45Alissa VELTS (KAZ) d. Youliya ROUDKOVSKAYA (TJK)
    (Tajikistan defeated Kazakhstan 2-1 in 1998 Group II Asia/Oceania Main Draw Round Robin in Thailand)
    46 63 1412

    Doubles
    51Margaret COURT/Kerry MELVILLE (AUS) d Winnie SHAW/Virginia WADE (GBR)
    (Australia defeated Great Britain 3-0 in 1968 World Group Semifinal in France)
    97 36 1412
    46Marjorie BLACKWOOD/Barbara BRANKOVSKA (CAN) d Petra DELHEES/Anne-Marie RUEGG (SUI)
    (Canada defeated Switzerland 2-1 in 1977 World Group Consolation Round Second Round in Great Britain)
    86 46 1210
    46Betty STOVE/Gertruida WALHOF (NED) d Robyn HUNT/Marilyn PRYDE (NZL)
    (Netherlands defeated New Zealand 2-1 in 1972 World Group First Round in South Africa)
    1513 108
    45Marina NOVAK/Kathinka VON DEICHMANN (LIE) d Magy AZIZ/Nihal TAREK-SALEH (EGY)
    (Liechtenstein defeated Egypt 3-0 in 2009 Group III Europe/Africa Main Draw Round Robin in Malta)
    76(7) 57 [11-9]
    43I-Hsuan HWANG/I-Ting WANG (TPE) d Czarina-Mae AREVALO/Anna-Patricia SANTOS (PHI)
    (Chinese Taipei defeated Philippines 2-1 in 2004 Group I Asia/Oceania Relegation Play-off Semifinal in India)
    26 76(1) 1210
    43Conchita MARTINEZ/Arantxa SANCHEZ VICARIO (ESP) d Mary Joe FERNANDEZ/Lisa RAYMOND (USA)
    (Spain defeated USA 3-2 in 1998 World Group I Main Draw Semifinal in Spain)
    64 67(5) 119

  • Longest-Recorded Rubbers

    Singles
    3 hours, 49 minutesVilmarie Castellvi (PUR) d. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 75 46 119 in the first rubber of 2005 Americas Zone Group I promotion play-off in Uruguay (Puerto Rico won 2-0)

    Doubles
    3 hours, 35 minutesTzipi Obziler/Hila Rosen (ISR) d. Anne Kremer/Cludine Schaul (LUX) 36 76 108 in the deciding rubber of 2001 Europe/Africa Group I round-robin in Spain (Israel won 2-1)

    World Group
    3 hours, 35 minutesEls Callens (BEL) d. Virginia Ruano-Pascual (ESP) 26 64 119 in the second rubber of 2004 World Group quarterfinal in Spain (Spain won 3-2)
  • Most Games in a Set

    (World Group ties in bold)

    Singles
    32Nathalie TAUZIAT (FRA) d. Naoko SAWAMATSU (JPN)
    (France defeated Japan 4-1 in 1997 World Group I Main Draw First Round in Japan)
    75 46 1715
    26Alissa VELTS (KAZ) d. Youliya ROUDKOVSKAYA (TJK)
    (Tajikistan defeated Kazakhstan 2-1 in 1998 Group II Asia/Oceania Main Draw Round Robin in Thailand)
    46 63 1412
    24Marina NOVAK (LIE) d. Aliaa FAKHRY (EGY)
    (Liechtenstein defeated Egypt 2-1 in 2007 Group III Europe/Africa Main Draw Round Robin in Mauritius)
    63 16 1311
    24Jessica FERNANDEZ (MEX) d. Carmina GIRALDO (COL)
    (Mexico defeated Colombia 2-1 in 1995 Group I Americas Main Draw Round Robin in Venezuela)
    67(4) 75 1311
    24Ellen GRINDVOLD (NOR) d. Fatima SANTIAGO (POR)
    (Norway defeated Portugal 3-0 in 1983 World Group Qualifying Round First Round in Switzerland)
    67 61 1311
    24Maria Victoria BALDOVINOS CIBEIRA (ESP) d. Judith CONNOR (NZL)
    (Spain defeated New Zealand 3-0 in 1974 World Group First Round in Italy)
    64 1113 119

    Doubles
    32Lucia BASSI/Daniela PORZIO (ITA) d Michele GURDAL/Monique VAN HAVER (BEL)
    (Italy defeated Belgium 3-0 in 1974 World Group First Round in Italy)
    1715 61
    28Betty STOVE/Gertruida WALHOF (NED) d Robyn HUNT/Marilyn PRYDE (NZL)
    (Netherlands defeated New Zealand 2-1 in 1972 World Group First Round in South Africa)
    1513 108
    26Margaret COURT/Kerry MELVILLE (AUS) d Winnie SHAW/Virginia WADE (GBR)
    (Australia defeated Great Britain 3-0 in 1968 World Group Semifinal in France)
    97 36 1412
    24Carmina GIRALDO/Cecilia HINCAPIE (COL) d Paula CABEZAS/Barbara CASTRO (CHI)
    (Colombia defeated Chile 2-1 in 1993 World Group Play-off First Round in Germany)
    64 26 1311
    24Darlene HARD/Billie-Jean MOFFITT (USA) d Margaret SMITH/Lesley TURNER (AUS)
    (USA defeated Australia 2-1 in 1963 World Group Final in Great Britain)
    63 1113 63

    Note: longest doubles set in World Group is 20 games (Conchita Martinez/Arantxa Sanchez Vicario defeated Mary Joe Fernandez/Lisa Raymond 64 67 119, USA defeated Spain 3-2, 1998 World Group I semifinal in Spain and Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci defeated Liezel Huber/Vania King 56 63 119, Italy defeated USA 4-0, 2009 World Group Final in Italy).Note: longest doubles set in World Group is 20 games (Conchita Martinez/Arantxa Sanchez Vicario defeated Mary Joe Fernandez/Lisa Raymond 64 67 119, USA defeated Spain 3-2, 1998 World Group I semifinal in Spain and Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci defeated Liezel Huber/Vania King 56 63 119, Italy defeated USA 4-0, 2009 World Group Final in Italy).


    Longest Final Sets

    17-15Nathalie Tauziat (FRA)d. Naoko Sawamatsu (JPN)1997 (WGI-1R)
    14-12Alissa Velts (KAZ)d. Loulia Roudkovskaya (TJK)1998 (AOII-RR)
    14-12Margaret Court/Kerry Melville (AUS)d. Winnie Shaw/Virginia Wade (GBR)1968 (FC-SF)
    13-11Ellen Grindvold (NOR)d. Fatima Santiago (POR)1983 (FC-PR1)
    13-11Jessica Fernandez (MEX)d. Carmina Giraldo (COL)1995 (AMI-RR)
    13-11Carmina Giraldo/Cecilia Hincapie (COL)d. Paula Cabeza/Barbara Castro (CHI)1993 (FC-PO)
    13-11Marina Novak (LIE)d. Aliaa Fakhry (EGY)2007 (EAIII-RR)
  • Longest Fed Cup Tiebreaks

    The 1980 competition introduced the tiebreak for all sets, except the final set. Listed below are the longest-known tiebreaks in Fed Cup.

    Overall

    TiebreakResultScoreTie
    21-19Manisha Malhotra/Sania Mirza (IND) d. Vlada Ekshibarova/Ivanna Israilova (UZB)76 61IND d. UZB 2-1 2004 Asia/Oceania Group I round-robin (third rubber)
    17-15Tatiana Kovaltchouk (UKR) d. Natalie Grandin (RSA)76 64UKR d. RSA 2-1, 2001 Europe/Africa Group I round-robin (first rubber)
    17-15Catalina Castano (COL) d. Gabriela Paz (VEN)76 75COL d. VEN 3-0, 2012 Americas Zone Group I round-robin (first rubber)

    Main Draw/World Group I & II

    TiebreakResultScoreTie
    14-12Olga Savchuk (UKR) d. Anastasia Rodionova (AUS)76 76UKR d. AUS 3-2, 2011 World Group play-off (fourth rubber)
    13-11Jennifer Capriati (USA) d. Sandra Wasserman (BEL)60 76USA d. BEL 3-0, 1990 Second Round (first rubber)
    12-10Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) d. Kim Clijsters (BEL)67 62 61BEL d. USA 4-1 2011 World Group first round in Belgium (third rubber)
    12-10Rachel McQuillan (AUS) d. Amanda Coetzer (RSA)63 76AUS d. RSA 3-2, 1997 World Group II quarterfinal (second rubber)
    11-9Jelena Kostanic (CRO) d. Andrea Glass (GER)67 61 63GER d. CRO 2-1, 2000 World Group round-robin (first rubber)
    11-9Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB)76 64SVK d. UZB 5-0, 2008 World Group II Play-off (third rubber)
  • Most Tiebreaks in a Tie

    Since the introduction of the tiebreak in Fed Cup, there have never been more than five tiebreaks in a ‘best of five rubber’ tie. This has happened twice before:

    TitleZone and RoundNo. if tiebreaks in tie
    Czech Republic d. Australia 4-02013 World Group first round5
    Italy d. Australia 4-12011 World Group first round5
    Italy d. Indonesia 3-21995 World Group II play-off4
    Italy d. Austria 3-21998 World Group II first round4
    Australia d. Colombia 3-22003 World Group play-off4
    Argentina d. Japan 4-12004 World Group first round4
    Russia d. Croatia 3-22006 World Group play-off4
    Russia d. Italy 5-02011 World Group semifinal4
    Ukraine d. Sweden 3-22011 World Group II first round4

    In a 'best of three rubber' tie the record is four tiebreaks, which has happened on two occasions:

    Spain d. Netherlands 3-01993 quarterfinal4
    New Zealand d. Hong Kong, China 3-02003 Asia/Oceania Group I round-robin4
  • Players representing more than one nation

    PlayerFirst NationSecond Nation
    Anne AallonenFinland 1985-1992Hong Kong 1999
    *Gail Benedetti (nee Sherriff)Australia 1966France 1969-80
    Elena BrioukhovetsSoviet Union 1991Ukraine 1994-96
    Cathy CaversazioItaly 1988-90Switzerland 1991
    *Csilla Cserepy (nee Bartos)Hungary 1981-86Switzerland 1990
    Claire CurranIreland 1993-2003Great Britain 2006-07
    *Monique di MasoFrance 1967-68Italy 1974
    Jelena DokicSerbia & Montenegro 2004Australia 1998-2000, 2009, 2012
    Nadin ErcegovicYugoslavia 1989-91Croatia 1992-95
    Jarmila GajdosovaSlovak Republic 2003Australia 2011-13
    Kristin GodridgeAustralia 1990-91Hong Kong 2003
    Liezel HuberSouth Africa 1998-2003USA 2008-13
    Patricia Hy-BoulaisHong Kong 1981-87Canada 1991-98
    Sesil KaratantchevaBulgaria 2004-05Kazakhstan 2010-13
    Danica KrstajicSerbia & Montenegro 2006Montenegro 2007
    Karin KschwendtLuxembourg 1986-90Austria 1997
    *Manuela Maleeva-FragniereBulgaria 1983-89Switzerland 1991-92
    Gorana MaticYugoslavia 1990Croatia 1992
    Natalia MedvedevaSoviet Union 1991Ukraine 1994-2000
    Leila MeskhiSoviet Union 1989-90Georgia 1994
    Martina NavratilovaCzechoslovakia 1975USA 1982-2004
    *Larisa Neiland (nee Savchenko)Soviet Union 1983-91Latvia 1992-2003
    Romina OprandiItaly 2006Switzerland 2013
    *Evelyne Papale (nee Terras)France 1966Italy 1977
    Iris Riedel-KuhnBrazil 1972West Germany 1976-81
    Paiao-Asinata ShortNew Zealand 1993Pacific Oceania 1998-99
    Min TangChina, P.R. 1988-92Hong Kong 1997-98
    *Elena Wagner (nee Pampoulova)Bulgaria 1988-92Germany 1997-99
    Patricia WalkdenRhodesia 1966-67South Africa 1972-74
    Radka ZrubakovaCzechoslovakia 1988-93Slovak Republic 1994-97
    Natasha ZverevaSoviet Union 1986-91Belarus 1994-2002

    * Indicates switched nationality through marriage

    Note: in certain cases, when a country ceases to exist and is replaced by a new nation or nations, one of those new nations generally assumes the records of the old nation. In this case players are assumed to have continued to represent the same nation e.g. Helena Sukova played for both Czechoslovakia and Czech Republic during her Fed Cup career but this counts as representing just one nation given that Czech Republic assumed Czechoslovakia’s records upon the latter’s division in 1993.

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