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The 2006 Fed Cup was the 44th edition of the most important competition between national teams in women's tennis.

The final took place at Spiroudome in Charleroi, Belgium, on 16–17 September. The home team, Belgium, lost to Italy, 2–3, giving Italy their first title in their first final and Belgium's second final.

World GroupEdit

Participating Teams
 
Austria
 
Belgium
 
France
 
Germany
 
Italy
 
Russia
 
Spain
 
United States

DrawEdit

  Quarterfinals
22–23 April
Semifinals
15–16 July
Final
16–17 September
                           
  Liège, Belgium (Indoor hard)
  1    Russia 2  
     Belgium 3     Ostend, Belgium (Indoor hard)
       Belgium 4  
  Ettenheim, Germany (Outdoor clay)   4    United States 1  
     Germany 2
  4    United States 3     Charleroi, Belgium (Indoor hard)
       Belgium 2
  Valencia, Spain (Outdoor clay)        Italy 3
  3    Spain 5  
     Austria 0     Zaragoza, Spain (Outdoor clay)
    3    Spain 1
  Nancy, France (Indoor clay)      Italy 3  
     Italy 4
  2    France 1  

World Group Play-offsEdit

The four losing teams in the World Group first round ties (Austria, France, Germany and Russia), and four winners of the World Group II ties (China, Croatia, Czech Republic and Japan) entered the draw for the World Group Play-offs.

Date: 15–16 July

Venue Surface Home Team Score Visiting Team
Tokyo, Japan Indoor hard   Japan 5–0   Austria
Cagnes-sur-Mer, France Outdoor clay   France 3–2   Czech Republic
Beijing, China Indoor hard   China 4–1   Germany
Umag, Croatia Outdoor clay   Croatia 2–3   Russia

World Group IIEdit

The World Group II was the second highest level of Fed Cup competition in 2006. Winners will advance to the World Group Play-offs, and losers played in the World Group II Play-offs.

Date: 22–23 April

Venue Surface Home Team Score Visiting Team
Tokyo, Japan Indoor hard   Japan 4–1    Switzerland
Zagreb, Croatia Indoor carpet   Croatia 3–2   Argentina
Bangkok, Thailand Outdoor hard   Thailand 1–4   Czech Republic
Jakarta, Indonesia Outdoor hard   Indonesia 0–4   China

World Group II Play-offsEdit

The four losing teams from World Group II (Argentina, Indonesia, Switzerland and Thailand) played off against qualifiers from Zonal Group I. Two teams qualified from Europe/Africa Zone (Israel and Slovakia), one team from the Asia/Oceania Zone (Australia), and one team from the Americas Zone (Canada).

Date: 14–15 July

Venue Surface Home Team Score Visiting Team
Ramat HaSharon, Israel Outdoor hard   Israel w/o   Indonesia
Edmonton, Canada Outdoor hard   Canada 3–2   Argentina
Bratislava, Slovakia Indoor hard   Slovakia 5–0   Thailand
Chavannes-de-Bogis, Switzerland Outdoor hard    Switzerland 0–5   Australia

Americas ZoneEdit

  • Nations in bold advanced to the higher level of competition.
  • Nations in italics were relegated down to a lower level of competition.

Group IEdit

Venue: Club Campestre de Medellín, Medellín, Colombia (outdoor clay)

Dates: 19–22 April

Participating Teams

Group IIEdit

Venue: Parque del Este, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (outdoor hard)

Dates: 18–20 April

Participating Teams

Asia/Oceania ZoneEdit

  • Nations in bold advanced to the higher level of competition.
  • Nations in italics were relegated down to a lower level of competition.

Group IEdit

Venue: Olympic Park, Seoul, South Korea (outdoor hard)

Dates: 20–22 April

Participating Teams

Group IIEdit

Venue: Olympic Park, Seoul, South Korea (outdoor hard)

Dates: 20–21 April

Participating Teams

Europe/Africa ZoneEdit

  • Nations in bold advanced to the higher level of competition.
  • Nations in italics were relegated down to a lower level of competition.

Group IEdit

Venue: TC Lokomotiv, Plovdiv, Bulgaria (outdoor clay)

Dates: 17–22 April

Participating Teams

Group IIEdit

Venue: Club Ali Bey, Manavgat, Antalya, Turkey (outdoor clay)

Dates: 26–29 April

Participating Teams

Group IIIEdit

Venue: Club Ali Bey, Manavgat, Antalya, Turkey (outdoor clay)

Dates: 26–29 April

Participating Teams

RankingsEdit

The rankings were measured after the three points during the year that play took place, and were collated by combining points earned from the previous four years.[1]

24 April
Rank Nation Points[2] Move
1   Russia 35,267.5  
2   France 27,910.0  
3   Spain 14,502.5  
4   United States 14,275.0  
5   Belgium 9,987.5   1
6   Italy 8,855.0   2
7   Austria 7,875.0   2
8   Slovakia 7,077.5   1
9   Germany 4,762.5  
10   Japan 4,437.5   4
17 July
Rank Nation Points[2] Move
1   Russia 31,960.0  
2   France 23,292.5  
3   Belgium 14,592.5   2
4   Italy 13,510.0   2
5   United States 11,442.5   1
6   Spain 10,957.5   3
7   China 5,822.5   6
8   Japan 5,767.5   2
9   Slovakia 5,407.55   1
10   Austria 5,030.0   3
18 September
Rank Nation Points[2] Move
1   Russia 27,860.0  
2   Italy 21,690.0   2
3   France 21,247.5   1
4   Belgium 14,592.5   1
5   United States 11,442.5  
6   Spain 10,957.5  
7   China 5,822.5  
8   Japan 5,767.5  
9   Austria 5,030.0   1
10   Canada 3,995.0   1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rankings Explained". fedcup.com. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Fed Cup Nations Ranking History. ITF. 2012.

External linksEdit