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Serena ready for comeback at Fed Cup

11 February 2018

Sunday's Fed Cup action features the return of Serena Williams after more than a year away from the game while becoming a mother.

Yes, Serena is just five months removed from having a baby, and yes, she had life-threatening childbirth complications.

The sisters were attending a team dinner ahead of the U.S. Fed Cup tie against The Netherlands in Asheville, N.C.

The 23-time Grand Slam victor also said on Friday she's not sure if she will participate in the remaining Grand Slam events this year, as part of her goal of catching up to 24-time victor Margaret Court. Serena' 23 Grand Slam singles titles put her one behind the record held by Margaret Court.

"The 62th ranked Davis, coming off an historic match against WTA No. 1 Simona Halep at the Australian Open, has played just one Fed Cup doubles match in her career (a win with Madison Keys during the 2014 World Group quarterfinals) and said she was 'really happy I've been chosen to be part of the Fed Cup team with these four fantastic ladies". "I just had some bad luck, I played players who just were on fire", she said. It's always a sense of pride you take on the court besides playing for yourself.

We've only seen Serena play once since she won the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant, and that was at an exhibition match in late December against Jelena Ostapenko.

In the second singles, Vandeweghe rallied from a set down, winning the second in tense tie-breaker before finding her range against Richel Hogenkamp in a 4-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 victory.

Petra Kvitova made a tearful return to the Fed Cup on Saturday as she helped 10-time champions Czech Republic into a 2-0 lead over Switzerland in Prague with the two-time Wimbledon victor admitting her team had been inspired by a moving tribute to fellow All England Club champion Jana Novotna. "It's just great to play the game that I love". So the fact she's here representing the U.S.in Fed Cup for the first time since 2015 is commendable.

"Roger Federer is a really great tennis player", Williams said of the Swiss great. "Playing Fed Cup and easing her way back with exhibitions. I've been able to really rely on her for that".

The rest of Friday's press conference focused not only on Serena's comeback but on her new journey into motherhood.

The American will make her competitive return to tennis at the Fed Cup this weekend after giving birth to her first child in September. "I think sometimes motherhood changes people in a way that they become less young and more serious, but that hasn't affected her".

"She might go out a little less", Venus said before breaking into a grin.

Serena ready for comeback at Fed Cup