Fed Cup

USA's Serena Williams reaches for a shot against the Netherlands during a doubles match in the first round of Fed Cup tennis competition in Asheville, N.C., Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
February 11, 2018 - 7:57 pm
The Czech Republic beat Switzerland 3-1 to advance to its 10th straight Fed Cup semifinals on Sunday, and Serena Williams played her first competitive match in more than a year as defending champion United States defeated the Netherlands 3-1. The Czechs, Fed Cup champions in five of the last seven...
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USA's Serena Williams returns a shot against the Netherlands during a doubles match in the first round of Fed Cup tennis competition in Asheville, N.C., Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
February 11, 2018 - 6:32 pm
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The first step in Serena Williams' comeback underscored how far she has to go after spending over a year away from the game. In Williams' first competition since giving birth five months ago, she and sister Venus lost 6-2, 6-3 to Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs of the...
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CORRECTS SPELLING OF FIRST NAME TO ARANTXA, NOT ARNATXA - USA's Venus Williams hits a return to Netherlands' Arantxa Rus during a match in the first round of Fed Cup tennis competition in Asheville, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
February 10, 2018 - 6:22 pm
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — 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. CoCo Vandeweghe needed to stage a comeback to make sure that momentum continued. Williams and Vandeweghe won their singles matches Saturday to...
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United States' team celebrates during the awarding ceremony after winning the Fed Cup final match between Belarus and USA, in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Nov.12, 2017. United States defeated Belarus 3-2 and gained the Fed Cup title. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
November 12, 2017 - 4:40 pm
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A 17-year championship drought came to an end Sunday for the United States when it beat Belarus 3-2 to take its 18th Fed Cup title. CoCo Vandeweghe and Shelby Rogers defeated Aryna Sabalenka and Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the deciding doubles of the 2017 final. It...
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United States Fed Cup team members captain Kathy Rinaldi, CoCo Vandeweghe, Sloane Stephens, Shelby Rogers, Alison Riske, from left to right, pose for photo after drawing ceremony, in Minsk, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. The Fed Cup final matches between Belarus and USA will take place Nov. 11 - 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
November 10, 2017 - 4:36 pm
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — CoCo Vandeweghe will play in the opening match of the Fed Cup final on Saturday when the United States takes on Belarus, with the Americans looking to break a 17-year championship drought. Vandeweghe was drawn to face Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the first singles match. U.S. Open...
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FILE - This is a Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016 file photo of the Czech Republic team captain Petr Pala, center, and players hold the trophy after their victory against France, during the Fed Cup final in Strasbourg, eastern France. The Davis Cup and Fed Cup are planning to combine forces into a World Cup of Tennis. A three-year deal starting in 2018 to combine the events was announced Wednesday June 28, 2017, by the International Tennis Federation. The changes still need to be approved at the federation’s annual general meeting in August in Vietnam. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias/File)
June 28, 2017 - 7:10 am
LONDON (AP) — The Davis Cup and Fed Cup are planning to combine forces into a World Cup of Tennis. Starting in 2018, the finals of the men's and women's national team tournaments will be brought together under one roof in an effort to raise the profile of the competitions. For the first three years...
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FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2009, file photo, former Romanian tennis stars Ion Tiriac, left, and Ilie Nastase pose with the trophy of the BCR Tennis Open tournament in Bucharest, Romania. Madrid Open organizer Ion Tiriac said Tuesday, June 20, 2017, he won't award any more trophies at his tournament because he is upset by the way his friend Ilie Nastase has been treated by the WTA. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
June 20, 2017 - 11:02 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Madrid Open organizer Ion Tiriac said Tuesday he won't award any more trophies at his tournament because he is upset by the way his friend Ilie Nastase has been treated by the WTA. In an open letter to WTA CEO Steve Simon, Tiriac said he has decided not to hand out gold,...
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FILE - In this Monday, May 23, 2016, file photo, former Romanian tennis player Ilie Nastase watches a match at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris, France. Nastase made an attempt at apologizing for his comments about Serena Williams and his outburst during a Fed Cup match. The 70-year-old tennis great posted a statement on Facebook a week after he speculated about the skin color of the baby the pregnant Williams is expecting. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
April 28, 2017 - 9:54 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Ilie Nastase responded to the backlash from his comments about Serena Williams and his Fed Cup outburst, saying his remarks about the pregnant tennis great were "spontaneous" and his tirade inexcusable. The 70-year-old tennis Nastase posted a statement on Facebook a week...
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FILE - In this Monday, May 23, 2016 file picture, former Romanian tennis ace Ilie Nastase watches a match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. Romania Fed Cup captain Ilie Nastase was thrown out of the venue hosting Saturday's World Group II playoff against Britain after abusive comments led to the playoff being suspended. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
April 24, 2017 - 7:37 pm
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Serena Williams has spoken out in response to suspended Fed Cup captain Ilie Nastase's comments speculating about the skin color of the baby the pregnant Williams is expecting. The 23-time major champion wrote on Instagram on Monday: "It disappoints me to know we live in a...
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FILE - In this Monday, May 23, 2016 file picture, former Romanian tennis ace Ilie Nastase watches a match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. Romania Fed Cup captain Ilie Nastase was thrown out of the venue hosting Saturday's World Group II playoff against Britain after abusive comments led to the playoff being suspended. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
April 23, 2017 - 10:11 am
LONDON (AP) — Ilie Nastase, the captain of Romania's Fed Cup team, has been provisionally suspended from the competition for abusing players and the umpire during the playoff match against Britain. The International Tennis Federation, which organizes the Fed Cup, said Sunday that Nastase "may not...
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