Venus and Serena Williams Commit to Playing Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final
The United States Tennis Association and U.S. Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez announced on Thursday that both of the women have committed to play against Italy on an indoor hard court at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, November 6-7.
The Williams sisters will join the core U.S. Fed Cup group of 2009 US Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and world No. 1 doubles player Liezel Huber, who have led the United States to its second straight Fed Cup Final.
“As captain, you always want to have your best players. I am very excited that Venus and Serena have made themselves available for the Fed Cup Final in San Diego,” said U.S. Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez, who last year in her rookie season as captain led the U.S. to the Fed Cup Final for the first time since 2003. “Teaming Venus and Serena with Melanie, who continues to play an integral role in all of our Fed Cup matches, Bethanie, who has come through in decisive matches, and Liezel, who has been crucial in our doubles, we have one of the strongest line-ups in years. I strongly believe that this team can win the Fed Cup title on our home soil.”
The best-of-five match series begins on Saturday, November 6, with two singles matches featuring each country’s No. 1 singles player facing the No. 2 singles player from the other nation. The event concludes the next day with “reverse singles,” as the No. 1 player from each country face off followed by the No. 2 singles players meeting. The second day of competition concludes with a doubles match. Per ITF rules for the Fed Cup Final, Sunday’s schedule is subject to change after one country wins three matches.
Fed Cup rules require nations to submit an initial official roster of three or four players no less than 10 days prior to the start of play. Captains can change one or two players on the final roster that is submitted up to one hour before the draw which is held the day before matches begin.