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Serena Williams to make competitive tennis return in Fed Cup for USA in February

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 24 Jan 2018
  • Serena to play first competitive match since January 2017 for USA in Fed Cup next month
  • Venus also named for the U.S.
  • First time the sisters have been selected on the same Fed Cup squad since 2015
Serena Williams (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Serena Williams is set to make her competitive return to tennis alongside sister Venus for the United States in next month’s Fed Cup tie against the Netherlands.




Former World No. 1 and 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena hasn’t played a competitive tennis tournament since winning the 2017 Australian Open last January while three months pregnant. The 36-year-old opted to bypass this year’s tournament as she was not ready to compete four months after giving birth and after testing the waters in an exhibition match against Jelena Ostapenko in Abu Dhabi at the end of December.

But Serena will return to action in Asheville, North Carolina as USA - the defending Fed Cup champions - launch their campaign against the Netherlands on February 10-11.




U.S. Fed Cup captain Kathy Rinaldi has announced an intimidating team, with Venus and CoCo Vandeweghe - who made Fed Cup history by going 8-0 in singles and doubles to lead USA to the trophy in 2017 - joining Serena in Asheville. A fourth player will be announced next week.

It marks the first time since 2015 that Serena and Venus have been named on the same Fed Cup team, while the USA have never lost a tie when the legendary sisters have both been in the squad.

Serena’s last Fed Cup appearance came in April 2015, where she won both single rubbers in a World Group play-off loss to Italy, while Venus last played in 2016 in a World Group II first round tie against Poland, where she too won each of her singles rubbers.

Serena and Venus are also in contention to play doubles together, which would be the first time they’ve teamed up in Fed Cup since 2003.

Vandeweghe will also be looking to continue her stunning run of form in the Fed Cup arena as she became the first American to win all six singles matches in a single year since the World Group format was established in 1995.

Vandeweghe and Venus both lost in the first round of the Australian Open against Timea Babos and Belinda Bencic respectively.

Netherlands will announce their Fed Cup side next week.


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