Venus, Vandeweghe put United States up 2-0 in Fed Cup

Violet Powell
February 11, 2018

Serena Williams makes a backhand return to her sister Venus during the women's singles final January 28, 2017 at the Australian Open. I love motherhood. I look forward to just being the best mom I can be.' When asked about playing the remaining three Majors this year, she said, 'Right now, I don't know.

The 36-year-old superstar has not played a competitive match since winning the last of her 23 Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open last year, where she was in the early stages of pregnancy.

That means she isn't scheduled to play in either of the singles matches on Saturday which are followed by reverse singles on Sunday, but will instead play in a doubles tie with team-mate Davis against Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs.

She added: "Right now I'm focused on this weekend and after that I'll figure out what it might be".

For now, she appears to be easing her way in and was not named as the United States' first or second singles player in a powerful USA team that includes elder sister Venus, world number 17 CoCo Vandeweghe and world number 62 Lauren Davis.

"Roger Federer is a really great tennis player", Williams said of the Swiss great.

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Elise Mertens, an Australian Open semi-finalist last month, gave Belgium the lead with a 6-2 6-1 victory over Pauline Parmentier but Kristina Mladenovic beat Kirsten Flipkens 6-2 6-4.

Venus Williams will play Arantxa Rus and Coco Vandeweghe will face Richel Hogerkamp during Saturday's singles matches.

In other World Group matches this weekend, the Czech Republic will require top performances in Prague from a highly experienced quartet including double Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova to overcome a strong Swiss team for whom Belinda Bencic, who defeated Venus Williams at the Australian Open, is in excellent form. "That's just something I always keep telling myself every day, I have to get better".

Overtaking Court remains a goal for Williams, who would like to go even further than 25 grand slams. "She's been really, really positive", she said.

Williams' success in Melbourne a year ago marked her 23rd grand slam, leaving her second only to Margaret Court (24) for most major titles. Serena who is married to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, said motherhood is "an unbelievable journey". It's probably been the most fun of my life.

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