After deciding not to play in the Australian Open following the delivery of her daughter, Serena Williams is getting again on the courtroom at the Fed Cup this weekend as Workforce U.S. tries for its second straight title and nineteenth general.
The Fed Cup — the annual ladies’s worldwide workforce competitors — will kick off with its first matchups set for Saturday, Feb. 10.
The worldwide event takes place in three weekends unfold all through the yr and breaks up the groups into teams relying on the rating which might be calculated based mostly on outcomes from earlier years. The U.S. is ranked second general and subsequently positioned in the highest group — World Group I.
The U.S. will face off towards the Netherlands at the U.S. Mobile Middle in Asheville, N.C. with the different groups in World Group I additionally in motion round the globe. Belarus and Germany face off in Minsk, Belarus, the Czech Republic will go towards Switzerland in Prague, Czech Republic, and France versus Belgium will happen in La Roche-sur-Yon, France.
Becoming a member of Serena Williams on the U.S. Group roster is sister Venus in addition to world No. 17 Coco Vandeweghe, and Lauren Davis. The lineup format consists of 4 singles matches and one doubles match. The group that wins three matches first advances on.
This will probably be Serena’s sixth yr enjoying the event since 1999. Her general document sits at sixteen-1, together with her lone loss coming in a doubles match in 2015. For Venus, the present No. eight ranked participant in the world, this shall be the tenth time competing and third straight. Vandeweghe is coming off of a stellar 2017 Fed Cup efficiency that noticed her win all eight of her matches to assist propel the U.S. to its 18th title. This shall be Davis’ fourth look in the final 5 years. She has a dropping document in the Fed Cup at 1-2 however is coming off a strong displaying in the Australian Open.
The primary spherical for the U.S. staff will happen in Asheville’s U.S. Mobile Middle over two days, beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday and ending on Sunday, Feb. eleven.
How to watch
To watch Serena and the remainder of the U.S. in motion, you’ll be able to head to the Tennis Channel for reside protection beginning at 9 a.m. ET on Saturday and 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.