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Serena, Venus skip Fed Cup semi-final

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Serena, Venus skip Fed Cup semi-final

Serena, Venus skip Fed Cup semi-final

Serena Williams. — Photo oregonlive.com


PARIS — Serena and Venus Williams have opted out of the United States team to face France in the Fed Cup semi-finals, the US Tennis Association (USTA) announced on Wednesday.

The sisters played in the first-round win over the Netherlands in North Carolina in February but have decided not to make the trip to France for the semi-final at Aix-en-Provence on April  二 一- 二 二.

Serena, a  二 三-time major singles champion, marked her return to action in the first-round tie after  一 三 months away from the sport to give birth to her first daughter and get married.

She lost the ’dead’ doubles rubber with Venus in that match against the Dutch. Venus, meanwhile, won both her singles for the defending champions.

Serena’s return to the WTA tour has not gone smoothly with a third-round defeat to Venus at Indian Wells followed by a first-round exit at the hands of Naomi Osaka in Miami.

With both sisters absent, US captain Kathy Rinaldi has instead called up US Open champion and world number nine Sloane Stephens, world number  一 三 Madison Keys,  一 六th-ranked CoCo Vandeweghe and former top-ranked doubles player Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Serena, Venus skip Fed Cup semi-final

France will feature world number  一 九 Kristina Mladenovic, Pauline Parmentier, ranked at  一 二0, and number  一 九 五 Amandine Hesse — the same trio which defeated Belgium  三- 二 in the first round.

The other semi-final sees Germany host  一0-time Fed Cup champions Czech Republic in Stuttgart.

Julia Goerges and former world number one Angelique Kerber, the  二0 一 六 Australian and US Open champion, spearhead the German challenge.

World number six Karolina Pliskova and  一0th-ranked two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will bear the burden of singles play for the Czechs who have won five of the last seven Fed Cups. — AFP


Serena, Venus skip Fed Cup semi-final