The Fed Cup is the women’s version of the Davis Cup and all matches are now available to watch and bet on as live streams online.
Fed Cup is the premier team competition in women's tennis, launched in 1963 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The competition was known as the Federation Cup until 1995.
The men have the Davis Cup and the women have the Fed Cup - the idea to create a women's event similar to the hugely successful men's tournament first came about in 1919. However, it took more than 40 years before the International Tennis Federation (ITF) decided in 1963 to create the Federation Cup (since 1995 the Fed Cup).
Just as in the men's event, the number of participants in the Fed Cup has grown significantly over the years and the most successful nation since the tournament began is the USA. Unlike the Davis Cup, there are just three rounds with World Group first round matches, followed by semi-finals and then the final (3rd - 4th November 2012).
The 2012 Fed Cup first round clashes which feature Russia, Spain, Belgium, Serbia, Ukraine, Italy, Germany and defending champions the Czech Republic, get underway straight after the Australian Open, between 4th and 5th February.
The semi-final ties take place in mid-April from the 21st to the 22nd and then there’s a six month gap before the final.
Once again the Czechs will be strong favourites, particularly if Petra Kvitova continues her astonishing rise but the super strong Russian side with an abundance of superstars at their disposal can never been counted out, along with the Italians who have dominated the Fed Cup over the past five years.