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The 2012 Fed Cup (also known as the 2012 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas for sponsorship purposes) was the 50th edition of the most important tournament between national teams in women's tennis. The draw took place on 17 July 2011 in Kobe, Japan.[1]

2012 Fed Cup
Details
Duration4 February– 4 November
Edition50th
Achievements (singles)
2011
2013

The final took place at the O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, on 3–4 November. The home and defending champions Czech Republic defeated the first-finalists Serbia, to win their seventh title and equal the record for second-most titles won by a country since the competition's beginning.[2]

Czech Republic was the only country except United States and Australia to hold both Davis Cup and Fed Cup at the same time. The Czechs did the same in 2012. Petra Kvitová and Tomáš Berdych also scored Hopman Cup victory at the same year.

World GroupEdit

Participating Teams
 
Belgium
 
Czech Republic
 
Germany
 
Italy
 
Russia
 
Serbia
 
Spain
 
Ukraine

DrawEdit

  Quarterfinals
4–5 February
Semifinals
21–22 April
Final
3–4 November
                           
  Moscow, Russia (Indoor hard)
  1    Russia 3  
     Spain 2     Moscow, Russia (Indoor clay)
    1    Russia 2  
  Charleroi, Belgium (Indoor hard)      Serbia 3  
     Serbia 3
  4    Belgium 2     Prague, Czech Republic (Indoor hard)
       Serbia 1
  Biella, Italy (Indoor clay)     2    Czech Republic 3
  3    Italy 3  
     Ukraine 2     Ostrava, Czech Republic (Indoor hard)
    3    Italy 1
  Stuttgart, Germany (Indoor hard)   2    Czech Republic 4  
     Germany 1
  2    Czech Republic 4  

World Group Play-offsEdit

The four losing teams in the World Group first round ties, and four winners of the World Group II ties entered the draw for the World Group Play-offs. Four seeded teams, based on the latest Fed Cup ranking, were drawn against four unseeded teams. The United States, Japan, Slovakia and Australia played in the 2013 Fed Cup World Group while Ukraine, Belgium, Spain and Germany played in World Group II.

Date: 21–22 April

Venue Surface Home Team Score Visiting Team
Superior Golf & Spa Resort, Kharkiv, Ukraine Outdoor clay   Ukraine 0–5   United States (1)
Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, Japan Indoor hard   Japan 4–1   Belgium (2)
Club de Tenis Puente Romano, Marbella, Spain Outdoor clay   Spain (3) 2–3   Slovakia
Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Germany Indoor clay   Germany 2–3   Australia (4)

World Group IIEdit

The World Group II was the second highest level of Fed Cup competition in 2012. The winners advanced to the World Group Play-offs, while the losers continued in the World Group II Play-offs.

Date: 4–5 February

Venue Surface Home Team Score Visiting Team
DCU Center, Worcester, MA, United States Indoor hard   United States (1) 5–0   Belarus
Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, Japan Indoor hard   Japan (4) 5–0   Slovenia
Sibamac Center, Bratislava, Slovakia Indoor hard   Slovakia (3) 3–2   France
Forum Fribourg, Granges-Paccot, Switzerland Indoor clay    Switzerland 1–4   Australia (2)

World Group II Play-offsEdit

The four losing teams from World Group II played off against qualifiers from Zonal Group I. Two teams qualified from Europe/Africa Zone, one team from the Asia/Oceania Zone, and one team from the Americas Zone.

Date: 21–22 April

Venue Surface Home Team Score Visiting Team
Palais des Sports, Besançon, France Indoor hard   France (1) 5–0   Slovenia
Complexe Sportive des Iles Avenue des trois lacs, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland    Switzerland (2) 4–1   Belarus
Boråshallen, Borås, Sweden   Sweden (3) 4–1   Great Britain
Parque Roca, Buenos Aires, Argentina Outdoor clay   Argentina (4) 4–1   China

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: Graciosa Country Club, Curitiba, Brazil (outdoor clay)

Dates: January 30 – February 5

Participating Teams

Group IIEdit

Venue: Guadalajara, Mexico

Dates: Week commencing 16 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: Shenzhen Luohu Tennis Centre, Shenzhen, China (outdoor hard)

Dates: January 30 – February 5

Participating Teams

Group IIEdit

Venue: Shenzhen Luohu Tennis Centre, Shenzhen, China (outdoor hard)

Dates: January 30 – February 5

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: Municipal Tennis Club, Eilat, Israel (outdoor hard)

Dates: January 30 – February 5

Participating Teams

Group IIEdit

Venue: Gizera Sporting Club, Cairo, Egypt

Dates: Week commencing 16 April

Participating Teams

Group IIIEdit

Venue: Gizera Sporting Club, Cairo, Egypt

Dates: Week commencing 16 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.[3]

6 February
Rank Nation Points[4] Move
1   Italy 28,867.5  
2   Czech Republic 25,280.0  
3   Russia 20,120.0  
4   United States 12,412.5  
5   Serbia 9,295.0   2
6   Belgium 6,330.0   1
7   Spain 5,712.5   1
8   Australia 4,915.0   2
9   Germany 4,855.0  
10   Ukraine 4,837.5   2
23 April
Rank Nation Points[4] Move
1   Czech Republic 29,397.5   1
2   Italy 25,247.5   1
3   Russia 17,025.0  
4   Serbia 14,117.5   1
5   United States 11,572.5   1
6   Japan 6,382.5   6
7   Australia 6,252.5   1
8   Slovakia 6,062.5   3
9   Belgium 5,260.0   3
10   Germany 3,772.5   1
5 November
Rank Nation Points[4] Move
1   Czech Republic 35,532.5  
2   Italy 21,157.5  
3   Russia 15,025.0  
4   Serbia 14,117.5  
5   United States 11,472.5  
6   Australia 6,252.5   1
7   Japan 6,112.5   1
8   Slovakia 6,062.5  
9   Belgium 5,260.0  
10   Germany 3,772.5  

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Draw for 2012 Fed Cup to be held on 17 July". fedcup.com. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Czech Republic in seventh heaven". FedCup.com. 4 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Rankings Explained". fedcup.com. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Fed Cup Nations Ranking History. ITF. 2012.

External linksEdit