World No 8 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. On the other hand, American star CoCo Vandeweghe required staging a comeback to make sure that momentum continued.
American star players Williams and Vandeweghe won their singles matches Saturday to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead over the Netherlands in Fed Cup. One of those matches proved much closer than the other. Williams beat world junior no 1 Arantxa Rus 6-1, 6-4 in to improve her career singles record to 776-224.
Seven-time Grand Slam winning champion Serena Williams gave birth to her daughter on September 1 and hasn’t played competitive tennis since winning 2017 Australian Open while pregnant. If the US wins its first singles match on Sunday to seal the victory in this best-of-5 event, Sunday’s second singles match would be scrapped but the doubles match would still go on.
Sunday’s schedule currently has Venus Williams facing Netherlands Richel Hogenkamp and Vandeweghe taking on Rus, but both captains still have time to make substitutions.
The 26-year-old, Vandeweghe had a much more frustrating time. After having her serve broken early in the second set, Vandeweghe tossed her racket onto the hard-court surface, picked it up and slammed it near the net, then headed to her chair and slammed her racket again.
Vandeweghe bowed things around from there and overcame 12 double-faults to continue her recent Fed Cup success. When neither Williams sister played in the Fed Cup last year and Vandeweghe led the U.S. to its 2017 title by going 6-0 in singles matches and 2-0 in doubles. She became the first American ever to win six Fed Cup singles matches in one year since the World Group format was introduced in 1995.
In other World Group Fed Cup series, the Czech Republic leads Switzerland 2-0 while Belarus-Germany and France-Belgium are 1-1.