Serena Williams won't play Fed Cup Saturday singles matches

Serena Williams won't play Fed Cup Saturday singles matches

Serena Williams won't play Fed Cup Saturday singles matches

Five months after becoming a mother, Serena Williams is ready to return to competitive tennis for the first time since her 2017 Australian Open title.

Meanwhile, Venus Williams got the defending champion United States off to a winning start in their Fed Cup first-round tie against the Netherlands on Saturday before CoCo Vandeweghe survived a scare to extend the lead to 2-0.

Kvitova's victory in the first reverse singles gave the Czechs an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the first-round match and secured a 10th straight appearance in the last four. "I love motherhood, and I look forward to just being the best mom I can be".

"It was better today than yesterday, when I played in the Fed Cup again after such a long time away and needed time to get used to it", she said. "Every time you hit a second serve, you see someone at the other side standing one or two meters inside the baseline". "I haven't played a competitive match in quite a few weeks, so I'm definitely not going to be ideal out there, no matter how much I'd like myself to be".

Serena's sister Venus Williams and CoCo Vandeweghe are set to contest the singles rubbers for the US.

Serena, who is scheduled to play doubles on Sunday alongside Lauren Davis, received a big ovation during team introductions and sat on court with her teammates during Venus's match.

After racing through the opening set, Williams was made to work in the second where the first five games all ended in service breaks. Serena saved break points on her serve, including a wonderful volley lob victor from her knees by Venus, before holding out in the beginning of the second set and keeping this rubber in the balance.

Vonn vows to win for late grandfather
Vonn confirmed she felt "really good", but added: "It's not really about me or my career, it's about my grandfather". Most of the time. "I figured for the press conference, a mask probably wasn't appropriate", she said with a laugh.

Barbora Strycova then eased past Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-4 to put the Czechs in charge of the first round tie.

Following Venus Williams' victory to clinch the Fed Cup tie for the US, Captain Rinaldi delighted the crowd when she announced Williams would play the dead doubles rubber alongside her sister Serena.

"I thought maybe a few of my balls were flying a little bit", Williams said.

Vandeweghe's early frustration came to a head when at 2-0 down in the second set and having lost six consecutive games, she smashed her racket in the latest tantrum of her mercurial career.

Last year, US won the Fed Cup title for the 18th time, and the first since 2000, extending its record for most Fed Cup titles.

"She enjoys Fed Cup, and Serena and Venus have been extremely supportive, and it happened to be a good fit". I want them, but I don't need them.

After Belgium took a lead on a 6-2, 6-1 win by Australian Open semifinalist Elise Mertens against Pauline Parmentier, France's Kristina Mladenovic answered with a 6-2, 6-1 rout of Kirsten Flipkens.

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