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The 2019 Fed Cup is the 57th edition of the most important tournament between national teams in women's tennis.

2019 Fed Cup
Details
Duration6 February – 10 November
Edition57th
Achievements (singles)
2018
2020

In one of the biggest shocks in this year's tournament, Romania upset title holders and 11-time winners Czech Republic at Ostrava in the quarterfinals of the competition. Czech Republic was unbeaten at home in the Fed Cup since 2009, when they lost to the United States.[1]

Contents

World GroupEdit

Participating teams
 
Australia
 
Belarus
 
Belgium
 
Czech Republic
 
France
 
Germany
 
Romania
 
United States

SeedsEdit

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

DrawEdit

  Quarterfinals
9–10 February
Semifinals
20–21 April
Final
9–10 November
                           
  Ostrava, Czech Republic (hard, indoor)[2]
  1    Czech Republic 2  
     Romania 3     Rouen, France (clay, indoor)[3]
       Romania 2  
  Liège, Belgium (hard, indoor)[4]   4    France 3  
  4    France 3
     Belgium 1     Perth, Australia (hard, indoor)[5][6]
    4    France
  Braunschweig, Germany (hard, indoor)[7]        Australia
     Germany 0  
  3    Belarus 4     Brisbane, Australia (hard)[8]
    3    Belarus 2
  Asheville, United States (hard, indoor)[9]      Australia 3  
     Australia 3
  2    United States 2  

World Group Play-offsEdit

The four losing teams in the World Group first round ties and four winners of the World Group II ties competed in the World Group Play-offs.

At the time of the ties taking place, it was expected that the winners would secure a place in the World Group for 2020, while the losers would be relegated to World Group II, in accordance with the existing competition structure. However, the restructuring of the Fed Cup for 2020 announced on 27 June 2019 stipulated that all eight nations which participated in the World Group Play-offs would enter into the 2020 Fed Cup Qualifiers.[10] Consequently, the results of the 2019 World Group Play-off ties had no bearing on promotion or relegation for the following year.

Participating teams
 
Belgium
 
Canada
 
Czech Republic
 
Germany
 
Latvia
 
Spain
 
Switzerland
 
United States

SeedsEdit

Venue Surface Home Team Score Visiting Team
Prostějov, Czech Republic Clay (i)   Czech Republic 4–0   Canada
San Antonio, United States Hard (i)   United States 3–2    Switzerland
Riga, Latvia Hard (i)   Latvia 1–3   Germany
Kortrijk, Belgium Hard (i)   Belgium 2–3   Spain

World Group IIEdit

The four winners of World Group II advanced to the World Group Play-offs, whereas the four losers played the World Group II Play-offs.

Participating teams
 
Canada
 
Italy
 
Japan
 
Latvia
 
Netherlands
 
Slovakia
 
Spain
 
Switzerland

SeedsEdit

Venue Surface Home Team Score Visiting Team
Biel/Bienne, Switzerland Hard (i)    Switzerland 3–1   Italy
Riga, Latvia Hard (i)   Latvia 4–0   Slovakia
Kitakyushu, Japan Hard (i)   Japan 2–3   Spain
's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Clay (i)   Netherlands 0–4   Canada

World Group II Play-offsEdit

The four losing teams in the World Group II ties and four winners of the zonal Groups I competed in the World Group II Play-offs.

At the time of the ties taking place, it was expected that the winners would secure a place in the World Group II for 2020, while the losers would be relegated to their respective zonal Group I, in accordance with the existing competition structure. However, the restructuring of the Fed Cup for 2020 announced on 27 June 2019 stipulated that the four winning nations will instead enter the 2020 Fed Cup Qualifiers. Of the four losing nations, the two with the highest ITF Fed Cup Nations Ranking (as of 22 April 2019) will also enter the 2020 Fed Cup Qualifiers, while only the remaining two losing nations will be relegated to their respective zonal Group I.[11]

Participating Teams
 
Brazil
 
Great Britain
 
Italy
 
Japan
 
Kazakhstan
 
Netherlands
 
Russia
 
Slovakia

SeedsEdit

Venue Surface Home Team Score Visiting Team
Moscow, Russia Clay (i)   Russia 4–0   Italy
Osaka, Japan Hard   Japan 4–0   Netherlands
London, Great Britain Hard (i)   Great Britain 3–1   Kazakhstan
Bratislava, Slovakia Clay (i)   Slovakia 3–1   Brazil

Status of losing teamsEdit

  Russia,   Japan,   Great Britain and   Slovakia entered the 2020 Fed Cup Qualifiers, having won their respective World Group II Play-off ties. The fate of the four losing nations depended on their ITF Fed Cup Nations Ranking as of 22 April 2019.

Nation ITF Fed Cup Nations Ranking
(as of 22 April 2019)
Status
  Kazakhstan 17 Entry into 2020 Fed Cup Qualifiers
  Brazil 18
  Netherlands 19 Entry into 2020 Europe/Africa Zone Group I
  Italy 24

Americas ZoneEdit

Group IEdit

Venue: Club Campestre Sede Llanogrande, Medellín, Colombia (clay)

Dates: 6–9 February

Participating teams

Play-offsEdit

Group IIEdit

Venue 1: Tennis Club Las Terrazas Miraflores, Lima, Peru (clay)
Venue 2: Centro Nacional de Tenis, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (hard)

Dates: 16–20 April

Participating teams

Play-offsEdit

  •   Peru and   Venezuela were promoted to Americas Zone Group I in 2020.

Asia/Oceania ZoneEdit

Group IEdit

Venue: Daulet National Tennis Centre, Astana, Kazakhstan (indoor hard)

Dates: 6–9 February

Participating teams

Play-offsEdit

Group IIEdit

Venue 1: Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe, Tajikistan (hard)

Dates: 12–15 June

Venue 2: National Tennis Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (hard)

Dates: 19–23 June

Participating teams

Play-offsEdit

Europe/Africa ZoneEdit

Group IEdit

Venue 1: Hala Widowiskowo-Sportowa, Zielona Góra, Poland (indoor hard)
Venue 2: University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom (indoor hard)

Dates: 6–9 February

Participating teams

Play-offsEdit

Group IIEdit

Venue: Centre National de Tennis, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg (indoor hard)

Dates: 6–9 February

Participating teams

Play-offsEdit

Group IIIEdit

Venue 1: Tali Tennis Center, Helsinki, Finland (indoor hard)
Venue 2: Ulcinj Bellevue, Ulcinj, Montenegro (clay)

Dates: 15–20 April

Participating teams

Play-offsEdit

  •   Finland and   Egypt were promoted to Europe/Africa Zone Group II in 2020.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Halep overcomes Pliskova as Romanians stun Czechs in Fed Cup
  2. ^ "Czech Republic v Romania". FedCup.com. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  3. ^ "France v Romania". FedCup.com. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  4. ^ "Belgium v France". FedCup.com. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  5. ^ "Australia v France". FedCup.com. Retrieved 2019-04-22.
  6. ^ "Ash Barty to play in Perth at Fed Cup final at RAC Arena". The West Australian. Retrieved 2019-06-17.
  7. ^ "Germany v Belarus". FedCup.com. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  8. ^ "Australia v Belarus". FedCup.com. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  9. ^ "USA v Australia". FedCup.com. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  10. ^ "ITF launches Fed Cup Finals in Budapest". FedCup.com. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  11. ^ "ITF launches Fed Cup Finals in Budapest". FedCup.com. Retrieved 2019-06-27.

External linksEdit