Vandeweghe to open against Sasnovich in Fed Cup final

Vandeweghe to open against Sasnovich in Fed Cup final

Vandeweghe to open against Sasnovich in Fed Cup final

She returns to Fed Cup action for the first time since February and is hopeful the group's togetherness will prove pivotal.

Stephens, who won the US Open this year for her first major title, missed the opening two rounds of the worldwide team competition because of a foot injury.

"I grew up playing team sports".

CoCo Vandeweghe will play in the opening match of the Fed Cup final on Saturday when the United States takes on Belarus, with the Americans looking to break a 17-year championship drought. "It's easy to be with girls you like, girls you have fun with and girls you've been around for a really long time". "It's very hard to find any motivation after US Open because it's such a big tournament for the American players", said Vandeweghe.

Stephens retired from a match with a knee injury in China last week.

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Sabalenka claimed the decisive seventh break in a tense final set to seal the victory and will now turn her attention to taking on Vandeweghe in the opening match on Sunday.

Belarus, in contrast, is seeking its first crown and Vandeweghe conceded she knows little about a team that also includes Aryna Sabalenka, Vera Lapko and Lidziya Marozava. Vandeweghe is No. 12, Rogers is No. 59 and Riske is No. 70. "I feel like I'm coming in with wool over my eyes a little bit".

World number 10 Vandeweghe went into the opening rubber with a flawless singles record in the competition this year and was too good for Sasnovich, giving her country the upper hand as they attempt to end a 17-year-wait for a Fed Cup triumph.

"It would be a great honor to be named as another female (champion) captain alongside Billie Jean", said Rinaldi, who is in her first year as captain. "I'm very used to a team atmosphere first", the 25-year-old American said on a conference call from Minsk, where the November 11-12 Fed Cup decider will be held.

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