Serena Williams Joins Venus For Weekend Fed Cup Action!
Twenty-three-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams will return to competition for the first time since winning the 2017 Australian Open (and having a baby), as she and sister Venus lead the U.S. Fed Cup team against the Netherlands in Asheville, North Carolina this weekend, February 10 and 11. No singles for Serena, just dubs. Tennis Channel’s your go-to for the visuals, with the network providing the exclusive live coverage.
Serena and Venus are joined by CoCo Vandeweghe and Lauren Davis (just off a great AO run and that monster match with Halep) as the team competes on American soil for the first time since clinching its record 18th Fed Cup title last November in Minsk, Belarus.
The battle between the United States and the Netherlands will consist of two singles matches Saturday, and two singles matches and a doubles match Sunday. The winner of the first-round matchup will advance to the semifinals in April. Here’s Serena warming up earlier today:
Serena, who gave birth in September, took time off for her pregnancy after she won her record Open Era 23rd Grand Slam singles title at last year’s Australian Open. She has completed two “Serena Slams” (four consecutive Grand Slams in a row) in 2002-03 and 2014-15 and sits one title away from matching Margaret Court’s career major singles title record.
Both Williams sisters helped the U.S. Fed Cup team win the championship in 1999. Fed Cup regular Vandeweghe remained undefeated in Fed Cup singles last year and led the United States to its first title since 2000. Team captain Kathy Rinaldi remembers: