The World Group was the highest level of Fed Cup competition in 2006. Eight nations competed in a three-round knockout competition. Russia was the defending champion, but they were upset in the first round by Belgium. The Belgians made the final, but they were defeated in the final by Italy.

Participating Teams

Participating Teams

Austria

Belgium

France

Germany

Italy

Russia

Spain

United States

Draw

  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  

First round

Russia vs. Belgium


Russia
2
Country Hall Ethias Liège, Liège, Belgium
22–23 April 2006
Red clay (indoors)

Belgium
3
1 2 3
1 Russia
Belgium
Elena Dementieva
Kim Clijsters
6
4
6
3
   
2 Russia
Belgium
Nadia Petrova
Justine Henin-Hardenne
77
62
4
6
3
6
 
3 Russia
Belgium
Maria Kirilenko
Kim Clijsters
1
6
4
6
   
4 Russia
Belgium
Elena Dementieva
Justine Henin-Hardenne
2
6
0
6
   
5 Russia
Belgium
Maria Kirilenko / Dinara Safina
Kim Clijsters / Justine Henin-Hardenne
77
64
7
5
   

[1]

Germany vs. United States


Germany
2
Tennis Center Ettenheim, Ettenheim, Germany
22–23 April 2006
Red clay (outdoors)

United States
3
1 2 3
1 Germany
United States
Anna-Lena Grönefeld
Jamea Jackson
2
6
6
3
5
7
 
2 Germany
United States
Julia Schruff
Jill Craybas
6
4
2
6
5
7
 
3 Germany
United States
Anna-Lena Grönefeld
Jill Craybas
6
2
7
5
   
4 Germany
United States
Martina Müller
Jamea Jackson
62
77
2
6
   
5 Germany
United States
Anna-Lena Grönefeld / Jasmin Wöhr
Vania King / Shenay Perry
2
6
6
4
6
2
 

[2]

Spain vs. Austria


Spain
5
Club Español de Tenis, Valencia, Spain
22–23 April 2006
Red clay (outdoors)

Austria
0
1 2 3
1 Spain
Austria
Lourdes Domínguez Lino
Sybille Bammer
77
65
3
6
6
3
 
2 Spain
Austria
Anabel Medina Garrigues
Yvonne Meusburger
6
3
7
5
   
3 Spain
Austria
Anabel Medina Garrigues
Sybille Bammer
6
0
6
3
   
4 Spain
Austria
María Sánchez Lorenzo
Tamira Paszek
6
4
65
77
7
5
 
5 Spain
Austria
Virginia Ruano Pascual / Lourdes Domínguez Lino
Sybille Bammer / Yvonne Meusburger
6
4
6
2
   

[3]

Italy vs. France


Italy
4
Palais des Sports Jean Weille, Nancy, France
22–23 April 2006
Red clay (outdoors)

France
1
1 2 3
1 Italy
France
Francesca Schiavone
Nathalie Dechy
65
77
6
3
6
3
 
2 Italy
France
Flavia Pennetta
Amélie Mauresmo
1
6
1
6
   
3 Italy
France
Francesca Schiavone
Amélie Mauresmo
4
6
77
64
6
4
 
4 Italy
France
Flavia Pennetta
Nathalie Dechy
6
4
6
2
   
5 Italy
France
Mara Santangelo / Roberta Vinci
Émilie Loit / Virginie Razzano
6
1
6
4
   

[4]

Semifinals

Belgium vs. United States


Belgium
4
Sea'rena, Ostend, Belgium
15–16 July
Decoturf (indoors)

United States
1
1 2 3
1 Belgium
United States
Kirsten Flipkens
Jill Craybas
5
7
6
2
6
4
 
2 Belgium
United States
Kim Clijsters
Jamea Jackson
4
6
6
2
6
1
 
3 Belgium
United States
Kim Clijsters
Vania King
6
0
6
1
   
4 Belgium
United States
Kirsten Flipkens
Mashona Washington
2
6
3
1
   
retired
5 Belgium
United States
Leslie Butkiewicz / Caroline Maes
Jill Craybas / Vania King
1
6
2
6
   

[5]

Spain vs. Italy


Spain
1
Stadium Casablanca, Zaragoza, Spain
15–16 July
Decoturf (indoors)

Italy
3
1 2 3
1 Spain
Italy
Anabel Medina Garrigues
Flavia Pennetta
3
6
0
6
   
2 Spain
Italy
Lourdes Domínguez Lino
Francesca Schiavone
4
6
5
7
   
3 Spain
Italy
Anabel Medina Garrigues
Francesca Schiavone
6
2
6
2
   
4 Spain
Italy
Lourdes Domínguez Lino
Flavia Pennetta
2
6
4
6
   
5 Spain
Italy
Virginia Ruano Pascual / María Sánchez Lorenzo
Romina Oprandi / Mara Santangelo
      not
played

[6]

Final

Belgium vs. Italy


Belgium
2
Spiroudome, Charleroi, Belgium
16–17 September
Decoturf (indoors)

Italy
3
1 2 3
1 Belgium
Italy
Kirsten Flipkens
Francesca Schiavone
1
6
3
6
   
2 Belgium
Italy
Justine Henin-Hardenne
Flavia Pennetta
6
4
7
5
   
3 Belgium
Italy
Justine Henin-Hardenne
Francesca Schiavone
6
4
7
5
   
4 Belgium
Italy
Kirsten Flipkens
Mara Santangelo
77
63
3
6
0
6
 
5 Belgium
Italy
Kirsten Flipkens / Justine Henin-Hardenne
Francesca Schiavone / Roberta Vinci
6
3
2
6
0
2
retired
 

[7]

 2006 Fed Cup Champions 

Italy
First title

References

  1. ^ "Russia v Belgium". fedcup.com.
  2. ^ "Germany v United States". fedcup.com.
  3. ^ "Spain v Austria". fedcup.com.
  4. ^ "Italy v France". fedcup.com.
  5. ^ "Belgium v United States". fedcup.com.
  6. ^ "Spain v Italy". fedcup.com.
  7. ^ "Belgium v Italy". fedcup.com.

See also