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Nation Records

  • Longest Run of Wins by a Nation – by ties

    USA dominated the Fed Cup competition between 1976 and 1982, triumphing for seven straight years and winning 37 consecutive ties, more than any other nation in the competition’s history. Its loss to Czechoslovakia in the 1983 semifinals was part of Czechoslovakia’s 19-tie winning streak, the second longest in the competition.

    Nation No. of Wins Victory at Start of Streak Defeat at End of Streak
    USA 37* USA d. ISR 3-0 (FC-1R) August 1976 CZE d. USA 2-0 (FC-SF) July 1983
    Czechoslovakia 19 CZE d. PER 3-0 (FC-1R) July 1983 USA d. CZE 3-0 (FC-F) July 1986
    Spain 15 ESP d. GBR 3-0 (FC-1R) July 1993 USA d. ESP 5-0 (WG-F) September 1996
    * not including victory by walkover against Philippines (FC-1R), April 1979
  • Longest Run of Wins by Nation – by rubbers

    USA accomplished the longest winning run of Fed Cup rubbers between November 1978 and July 1983, winning an impressive 64 successive rubbers. USA’s run of wins extended from the second rubber of its 1978 Final tie against Australia, up to and including the third rubber of its 1983 second round tie against Sweden.

    Nation No. of Wins Victory at Start of Streak Defeat at End of Streak
    USA 64 R2 v AUS (FC-F) November 1978 R3 v SWE (FC-2R) July 1983
    Australia 23 R1 v CZE (FC-2R) May 1970 R1 v GBR (FC-SF) March 1972
    USA 22 R3 v SWE (FC-2R) December 1988 R2 v CZE (FC-QF) July 1990
  • Elimination of Defending Champion in Opening Round

    Four defending champions have lost their opening Fed Cup tie. However, to date no defending champion has been relegated from the World Group the year after its success.

    Year Nation Result
    1993 Germany lost to Australia
    1997 USA lost to Netherlands
    1999 Spain lost to Italy
    2006 Russia lost to Belgium
    Note: Czechoslovakia, in 1976, and USA, in 2001, did not defend their titles.
  • Elimination of Previous Year's Finalist in Opening Round

    2014 marked the 13th occasion in Fed Cup history that the previous year’s runner-up had lost in the opening round.

    Year Nation Result
    1997 Spain lost to Belgium
    1998 Netherlands* lost to USA
    1999 Switzerland lost to Slovak Republic
    2000 Russia lost to France
    2002 Russia lost to Germany
    2006 France lost to France
    2007 Belgium lost to USA
    2008 Italy lost to Spain
    2009 Spain lost to Czech Republic
    2011 USA* lost to Belgium
    2013 Serbia lost to Slovak Republic
    2014 Russia lost to Australia
    2016 Russia lost to Netherlands
    * subsequently relegated after losing play-off tie
  • Elimination of Both Previous Year's Finalists in Opening Round

    On three occasions, both the defending champion and the previous year’s runner-up have lost their opening Fed Cup ties:

    1997 Champion USA lost to Netherlands Runner-up Spain lost to Belgium
    1999 Champion Spain lost to Italy Runner-up Switzerland lost to Slovak Republic
    2006 Champion Russia lost to Belgium Runner-up France lost to Italy
  • Nations that Achieved 0-2 comebacks

    There have been seven comebacks from 0-2 down since the best of five format was adopted for Fed Cup World Group matches in 1995.

    1996 World Group II Play-off First Round, Australia defeated Canada 3-2 in Canada
    Rene SIMPSON (CAN) d. Nicole BRADTKE (AUS) 36 63 63
    Patricia HY-BOULAIS (CAN) d. Rachel MCQUILLAN (AUS) 62 75
    Nicole BRADTKE (AUS) d. Patricia HY-BOULAIS (CAN) 63 36 62
    Rachel MCQUILLAN (AUS) d. Rene SIMPSON (CAN) 63 64
    Nicole BRADTKE/Rachel MCQUILLAN (AUS) d. Jill HETHERINGTON/Rene SIMPSON (CAN) 46 63 60

    1999 World Group II Main Draw First Round, Austria defeated Australia 3-2 in Austria
    Jelena DOKIC (AUS) d. Barbara SCHETT (AUT) 63 57 64
    Alicia MOLIK (AUS) d. Sylvia PLISCHKE (AUT) 57 61 75
    Barbara SCHETT (AUT) d. Alicia MOLIK (AUS) 61 61
    Barbara SCHWARTZ (AUT) d. Jelena DOKIC (AUS) 16 62 64
    Barbara SCHETT/Barbara SCHWARTZ (AUT) d. Alicia MOLIK/Rennae STUBBS (AUS) 63 63

    2004 World Group Second Round, Spain defeated Belgium 3-2 in Spain
    Kirsten FLIPKENS (BEL) d. Anabel MEDINA GARRIGUES (ESP) 76(5) 16 62
    Els CALLENS (BEL) d. Virginia RUANO PASCUAL (ESP) 26 64 119
    Anabel MEDINA GARRIGUES (ESP) d. Els CALLENS (BEL) 64 60
    Maria SANCHEZ LORENZO (ESP) d. Kirsten FLIPKENS (BEL) 63 64

    2011 World Group First Round, Russia defeated France 3-2 in Russia
    Alize CORNET (FRA) d. Svetlana KUZNETSOVA (RUS) 36 63 64
    Virginie RAZZANO (FRA) d. Maria SHARAPOVA (RUS) 63 64
    Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA (RUS) d. Alize CORNET (FRA) 36 63 62
    Svetlana KUZNETSOVA (RUS) d. Virginie RAZZANO (FRA) 64 64
    Svetlana KUZNETSOVA/Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA (RUS) d. Julie COIN/Alize CORNET (FRA) 76(4) 60

    2013 World Group II Main Draw First Round, Sweden defeated Argentina 3-2 in Argentina
    Paula ORMAECHEA (ARG) d. Johanna LARSSON (SWE) 63 60
    Florencia MOLINERO (ARG) d. Sofia ARVIDSSON (SWE) 63 26 61
    Sofia ARVIDSSON (SWE) d. Paula ORMAECHEA (ARG) 75 67(6) 32
    Johanna LARSSON (SWE) d. Florencia MOLINERO (ARG) 63 62
    Sofia ARVIDSSON/Johanna LARSSON (SWE) d. Maria IRIGOYEN/Mailen AUROUX (ARG) 64 64

    2013 World Group Semifinal, Russia defeated Slovakia 3-2 in Russia
    Dominika CIBULKOVA (SVK) d. Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA (RUS) 57 61 64
    Daniela HANTUCHOVA (SVK) d. Maria KIRILENKO (RUS) 62 64
    Maria KIRILENKO (RUS) d. Dominika CIBULKOVA (SVK) 75 61
    Ekaterina MAKAROVA (RUS) d. Daniela HANTUCHOVA (SVK) 63 46 64
    Ekaterina MAKAROVA/Elena VESNINA (RUS) d. Dominika CIBULKOVA/Daniela HANTUCHOVA (SVK) 46 63 61

    2015 World Group First Round, France defeated Italy 3-2 in Italy
    Sara ERRANI (ITA) d. Caroline GARCIA (FRA) 76(2) 75
    Camila GIORGI (ITA) d. Alize CORNET (FRA) 64 62
    Kristina MLADENOVIC (FRA) d. Sara ERRANI (ITA) 64 63
    Caroline GARCIA (FRA) d. Camila GIORGI (ITA) 46 60 62
    Caroline GARCIA/Kristina MLADENOVIC (FRA) d. Sara ERRANI/Roberta VINCI (ITA) 61 62

  • Best Performance by Unseeded Nations in World Group

    In 2014 Germany became the eight unseeded nation to reach the Fed Cup Final, after Australia (1993), Netherlands (1997), Russia (1999), both Belgium and Italy in 2006, Spain (2008) and Serbia (2012). Italy is the only unseeded nation to win the Fed Cup, doing so when defeating Belgium 3-2 in the 2006 Final.

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