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The 2018 Fed Cup is the 56th edition of the most important tournament between national teams in women's tennis. The 2018 Fed Cup was expected to feature some structural changes, including a 16-team World Group and the introduction of a Final Four event at a neutral, predetermined location.[1] However, the ITF announced shortly before their annual meeting that they were tabling a vote on the changes for at least one year.[2]

2018 Fed Cup
Details
Duration6 February – 11 November
Edition56th
Achievements (singles)
2017
2019

In one of the biggest shocks in the tournament history, Russia was demoted to the Zonal Groups for the first time in two decades, after consecutive losses to Slovakia and Latvia.[3]

The final took place on 10–11 November and was won by the Czech Republic.

World GroupEdit

Participating teams
 
Belarus
 
Belgium
 
Czech Republic
 
France
 
Germany
 
Netherlands
 
Switzerland
 
United States

SeedsEdit

  1.   Belarus (Quarterfinals)
  2.   United States (Final)
  3.   Czech Republic (Champions)
  4.   France (Semifinals)

DrawEdit

  Quarterfinals
10–11 February
Semifinals
21–22 April
Final
10–11 November
                           
  Minsk, Belarus (hard, indoor)[4]
  1    Belarus 2  
     Germany 3     Stuttgart, Germany (clay, indoor)[5]
       Germany 1  
  Prague, Czech Republic (hard, indoor)[6]   3    Czech Republic 4  
  3    Czech Republic 3
      Switzerland 1     Prague, Czech Republic (hard, indoor)[7]
    3    Czech Republic 3
  La Roche-sur-Yon, France (hard, indoor)[8]     2    United States 0
     Belgium 2  
  4    France 3     Aix-en-Provence, France (clay, indoor)[9]
    4    France 2
  Asheville, United States (hard, indoor)[10]   2    United States 3  
     Netherlands 1
  2    United States 3  

World Group Play-offsEdit

The four losing teams in the World Group first round ties and four winners of the World Group II ties will compete in the World Group Play-offs for spots in the 2019 World Group.

Participating teams
 
Australia
 
Belarus
 
Belgium
 
Italy
 
Netherlands
 
Romania
 
Slovakia
 
Switzerland

SeedsEdit

Venue Surface Home Team Score Visiting Team
Minsk, Belarus Hard (i)   Belarus 3–2   Slovakia
Cluj-Napoca, Romania Clay (i)   Romania 3–1    Switzerland
Wollongong, Australia Hard (i)   Australia 4–1   Netherlands
Genoa, Italy Clay   Italy 0–4   Belgium

World Group IIEdit

Participating teams
 
Australia
 
Canada
 
Italy
 
Romania
 
Russia
 
Slovakia
 
Spain
 
Ukraine

SeedsEdit

  1.   Russia
  2.   Italy
  3.   Ukraine
  4.   Romania
Venue Surface Home team Score Visiting team
Bratislava, Slovakia Hard (i)   Slovakia 4–1   Russia
Canberra, Australia Grass   Australia 3–2   Ukraine
Cluj-Napoca, Romania Hard (i)   Romania 3–1   Canada
Chieti, Italy Clay (i)   Italy 3–2   Spain

World Group II Play-offsEdit

The four losing teams in the World Group II ties and four winners of the zonal Groups I are scheduled to compete in the World Group II Play-offs for spots in the 2019 World Group II.

Participating teams
 
Canada
 
Great Britain
 
Japan
 
Latvia
 
Paraguay
 
Russia
 
Spain
 
Ukraine

SeedsEdit

Venue Surface Home Team Score Visiting Team
Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia Clay (i)   Russia 2–3   Latvia
Cartagena, Spain Clay   Spain 3–1   Paraguay
Montreal, Canada Hard (i)   Canada 3–2   Ukraine
Miki, Japan Hard (i)   Japan 3–2   Great Britain

Americas ZoneEdit

Group IEdit

Location: Club Internacional de Tenis, Asunción, Paraguay (clay)

Dates: 7–10 February

Participating teams

Play-offsEdit

Group IIEdit

Venue 1: Club Deportivo La Asunción, Metepec, Mexico (hard)
Venue 2: Centro Nacional de Tenis de la FET, Guayaquil, Ecuador (clay)

Dates: 20–23 June and 18–21 July


Play-offsEdit

  •   Mexico and   Ecuador were promoted to Americas Zone Group I in 2019.

Asia/Oceania ZoneEdit

Group IEdit

Venue: R.K. Khanna Tennis Complex, New Delhi, India (hard)

Dates: 7–10 February

Participating teams

Play-offsEdit

Group IIEdit

Venue: Bahrain Polytechnic, Isa Town, Bahrain (hard)

Dates: 6–10 February

Participating teams

Play-offsEdit

Europe/Africa ZoneEdit

Group IEdit

Venue: Tallink Tennis Centre, Tallinn, Estonia (indoor hard)

Dates: 7–10 February

Participating teams

Play-offsEdit

Group IIEdit

Venue: Tatoi Club, Athens, Greece (clay)

Dates: 18–21 April

Participating teams

Play-offsEdit

  •   Greece and   Denmark were promoted to Europe/Africa Zone Group I in 2019.
  •   Egypt and   Norway were relegated to Europe/Africa Zone Group III in 2019.

Group IIIEdit

Venue 1: Cité Nationale Sportive, Tunis, Tunisia (hard)
Venue 2: Ulcinj Bellevue, Ulcinj, Montenegro (clay)

Dates: 16–21 April

Participating teams

Play-offsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ITF launches next phase of international team competition strategy". FedCup.com. 2016-09-21. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  2. ^ "ITF finalises agenda on Davis Cup and Fed Cup reforms". ITFTennis.com. 2017-07-20. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  3. ^ "Fed Cup - Ostapenko and Sevastova guide Latvia into World Group II". www.fedcup.com. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  4. ^ "Belarus v Germany". FedCup.com. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  5. ^ "Germany v Czech Republic". FedCup.com. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  6. ^ "Czech Republic v Switzerland". FedCup.com. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  7. ^ "Czech Republic v United States". FedCup.com. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  8. ^ "France v Belgium". FedCup.com. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  9. ^ "France v United States". FedCup.com. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  10. ^ "United States v Netherlands". FedCup.com. Retrieved 2018-02-04.

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