FED CUP - Venus Williams sends United States of America to the semifinals

The Czech Republic will be looking to its double Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the Fed Cup World Group opener against Switzerland in Prague

The Czech Republic will be looking to its double Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the Fed Cup World Group opener against Switzerland in Prague

Williams' victory at the Australian Open in 2017 was her 23rd Grand Slam title - the most in the Open era, and one shy of the all-time record held by Australian Margaret Court.

Serena Williams has spoken out about the "ups and downs" she faced during her year away from competitive tennis but insists she's now focused and ready for her quest to once more dominate her sport.

Venus Williams used her 1,000th career singles match to get the United States off to a strong start in its Fed Cup title defense.

Williams and Vandeweghe won their singles matches Saturday to give the US a 2-0 lead over the Netherlands.

"We saw her play an exhibition at the end of last year, but this is a great way for her to start the year and get a couple matches or a match behind her".

"Just hang on", Williams said of her thinking in the second set. "I was playing more aggressive and I had some chances".

Aryna Sabalenka put Belarus 1-0 with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over Tatjana Maria, but Antonia Lottner levelled the tie with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

"It's not easy when your teammate comes back to the locker room sad and in tears and you're coming out there in your home arena and it's zero-one, it's something not easy but I delivered my tennis", Mladenovic said.

Quinton de Kock ruled out for 2-4 weeks with wrist injury
They have particularly been very effective in denying South Africa the opportunity to build partnerships, especially upfront. All of this places enormous pressure on South Africa's young stand-in captain Aiden Markram .

And Captain Rinaldi stuck to the original schedule, sending No. 8 Venus Williams to try and clinch the tie against Richel Hogenkamp.

The often-called GOAT - Greatest Of All Time - is not set to compete until tomorrow, when she will team up with Lauren Davis against Dutch duo Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs in Sunday's doubles 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. Kvitova, who hit a total of 10 aces, then got the decisive break for a 4-3 lead in the second set after Bencic sent a forehand long.

Mertens' victory was her fifth in a row in Fed Cup singles. Serena, on the flip side, held in all but one service game as she showed glimpses of her awesome serve and groundstrokes.

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

Vandewegh turned things around from there and overcame 12 double-faults to continue her recent Fed Cup success.

Playing in her 1,000th professional match, Venus Williams gave the US a 1-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Arantxa Rus in one hour and 21 minutes.

The tribute to Novotna, who died aged 49 last November after a long battle with cancer, came just before Kvitova's first Fed Cup rubber since a knife-wielding burglar cut her racquet hand in December 2016. "Sometimes it looked like they were about to go out, but they landed in so I was lucky".

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