Serena to play Fed Cup doubles in rival return

(Reuters) – American Serena Williams was drawn on Friday to play doubles in a potentially wilful fifth rubber in this week’s Fed Cup initial turn tie opposite a Netherlands in what will be her initial rival compare in over a year.

The doubles rubber, that is scheduled for Sunday on an indoor tough justice in Asheville, North Carolina, will be played even if one side clinches a best-of-five compare array by a opening 4 singles matches.

Serena’s sister Venus Williams and CoCo Vandeweghe are set to foe a singles rubbers for a U.S.

Former universe series one Serena Williams, who is looking to lapse to a tip of her foe after holding a mangle due to her pregnancy, has not played a rival compare given she won a Australian Open pretension final year for her Open-era record 23rd grand slam.

Williams, who gave birth to her daughter final September, mislaid an muster compare in Abu Dhabi final Dec to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and after skipped a year’s opening grand impact in Jan due to concerns about her fitness.

The 36-year-old has not competed in a Fed Cup tie given Apr 2015 though felt a eventuality was as good as any to start her quip underneath a care of U.S. captain Kathy Rinaldi.

“Why not Fed Cup? It’s a good event to get, we mean, a new set of eyes on what I’ve been doing with Kathy,” Williams told reporters after a pull rite where it was dynamic she would play with universe series 62 Lauren Davis.

“Also usually attack with opposite people, usually observant opposite balls, observant lots of opposite things. we consider it indeed is a unequivocally ideal event to try to come back.”

Williams owns a 13-0 singles record and 3-1 doubles record in Fed Cup competition. She and Davis will face universe series 165 Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs, who is ranked 32nd in doubles.

Rinaldi did not order out a possibility of Williams personification singles on Sunday, observant usually that adjustments to a stream lineup, if any, would usually be done after Saturday’s action.

The United States kick Belarus final year for a record-extending 18th Fed Cup title, their initial in 17 years, and are complicated favourites to kick a Netherlands.

Play starts on Saturday with seven-times grand impact champion Venus Williams confronting universe series 124 Arantza Rus followed by a strife between American universe series 17 Vandeweghe and universe series 108 Richel Hogenkamp.

Reverse singles matches followed by a doubles compare are scheduled for Sunday.

The leader advances to a Apr 21-22 semi-finals.

Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Toby Davis

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