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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
    151 2001 (WG-2R) Argentina d. Germany 4-1 in Germany
    2004 (WG-PO) Germany d. Ukraine 3-2 in Ukraine
    149 2011 (WG-1R) Italy d. Australia 4-1 in Australia
    143 1996 (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
    99 2000 (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 minutes France defeated Slovak Republic 3-2 in 2009 World Group play-offs in France
    10 hours, 34 minutes Argentina defeated Austria 4-1 in 2008 World Group II first round in Argentina
    10 hours, 26 minutes Spain 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:

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

    (World Group ties in bold)

    Singles
    54 Nathalie 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
    54 Maria 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
    49 Jessica 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
    46 Anastasia MYSKINA (RUS) d. Martina MULLER (GER)
    (Germany defeated Russia 3-2 in 2002 World Group First Round in Germany)
    76(5) 67(4) 119
    45 Alissa 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
    51 Margaret 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
    46 Marjorie 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
    46 Betty 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
    45 Marina 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]
    43 I-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
    43 Conchita 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 minutes Vilmarie 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 minutes Tzipi 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 minutes Els 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
    32 Nathalie 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
    26 Alissa 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
    24 Marina 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
    24 Jessica 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
    24 Ellen GRINDVOLD (NOR) d. Fatima SANTIAGO (POR)
    (Norway defeated Portugal 3-0 in 1983 World Group Qualifying Round First Round in Switzerland)
    67 61 1311
    24 Maria 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
    32 Lucia 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
    28 Betty 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
    26 Margaret 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
    24 Carmina 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
    24 Darlene 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).


    Longest Final Sets

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

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

    Main Draw/World Group I & II

    Tiebreak Result Score Tie
    14-12 Olga Savchuk (UKR) d. Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 76 76 UKR d. AUS 3-2, 2011 World Group play-off (fourth rubber)
    13-11 Jennifer Capriati (USA) d. Sandra Wasserman (BEL) 60 76 USA d. BEL 3-0, 1990 Second Round (first rubber)
    12-10 Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) d. Kim Clijsters (BEL) 67 62 61 BEL d. USA 4-1 2011 World Group first round in Belgium (third rubber)
    12-10 Rachel McQuillan (AUS) d. Amanda Coetzer (RSA) 63 76 AUS d. RSA 3-2, 1997 World Group II quarterfinal (second rubber)
    11-9 Jelena Kostanic (CRO) d. Andrea Glass (GER) 67 61 63 GER d. CRO 2-1, 2000 World Group round-robin (first rubber)
    11-9 Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) 76 64 SVK d. UZB 5-0, 2008 World Group II Play-off (third rubber)
    11-9 Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 76 61 GER d. SVK 3-1, 2014 World Group II first round (second 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:

    Title Zone and Round No. if tiebreaks in tie
    Czech Republic d. Australia 4-0 2013 World Group first round 5
    Italy d. Australia 4-1 2011 World Group first round 5
    Italy d. Indonesia 3-2 1995 World Group II play-off 4
    Italy d. Austria 3-2 1998 World Group II first round 4
    Australia d. Colombia 3-2 2003 World Group play-off 4
    Argentina d. Japan 4-1 2004 World Group first round 4
    Russia d. Croatia 3-2 2006 World Group play-off 4
    Russia d. Italy 5-0 2011 World Group semifinal 4
    Ukraine d. Sweden 3-2 2011 World Group II first round 4

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

    Spain d. Netherlands 3-0 1993 quarterfinal 4
    New Zealand d. Hong Kong, China 3-0 2003 Asia/Oceania Group I round-robin 4
  • Players representing more than one nation

    Player First Nation Second Nation
    Anne Aallonen Finland 1985-1992 Hong Kong 1999
    *Gail Benedetti (nee Sherriff) Australia 1966 France 1969-80
    Elena Brioukhovets Soviet Union 1991 Ukraine 1994-96
    Cathy Caversazio Italy 1988-90 Switzerland 1991
    *Csilla Cserepy (nee Bartos) Hungary 1981-86 Switzerland 1990
    Claire Curran Ireland 1993-2003 Great Britain 2006-07
    *Monique di Maso France 1967-68 Italy 1974
    Jelena Dokic Serbia & Montenegro 2004 Australia 1998-2000, 2009, 2012
    Nadin Ercegovic Yugoslavia 1989-91 Croatia 1992-95
    Jarmila Gajdosova Slovak Republic 2003 Australia 2011-13
    Kristin Godridge Australia 1990-91 Hong Kong 2003
    Liezel Huber South Africa 1998-2003 USA 2008-13
    Patricia Hy-Boulais Hong Kong 1981-87 Canada 1991-98
    Sesil Karatantcheva Bulgaria 2004-05 Kazakhstan 2010-13
    Danica Krstajic Serbia & Montenegro 2006 Montenegro 2007
    Karin Kschwendt Luxembourg 1986-90 Austria 1997
    *Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere Bulgaria 1983-89 Switzerland 1991-92
    Gorana Matic Yugoslavia 1990 Croatia 1992
    Natalia Medvedeva Soviet Union 1991 Ukraine 1994-2000
    Leila Meskhi Soviet Union 1989-90 Georgia 1994
    Martina Navratilova Czechoslovakia 1975 USA 1982-2004
    *Larisa Neiland (nee Savchenko) Soviet Union 1983-91 Latvia 1992-2003
    Romina Oprandi Italy 2006 Switzerland 2013
    *Evelyne Papale (nee Terras) France 1966 Italy 1977
    Iris Riedel-Kuhn Brazil 1972 West Germany 1976-81
    Paiao-Asinata Short New Zealand 1993 Pacific Oceania 1998-99
    Min Tang China, P.R. 1988-92 Hong Kong 1997-98
    *Elena Wagner (nee Pampoulova) Bulgaria 1988-92 Germany 1997-99
    Patricia Walkden Rhodesia 1966-67 South Africa 1972-74
    Radka Zrubakova Czechoslovakia 1988-93 Slovak Republic 1994-97
    Natasha Zvereva Soviet Union 1986-91 Belarus 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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