Serena ready for comeback at Fed Cup

Fed Cup- Draws Serena Williams won't play singles

Serena Williams is unsure when she will make her grand slam return as the American said winning 25 majors was a goal.

American Serena Williams was drawn on Friday to play doubles in a potentially decisive fifth rubber in this week's Fed Cup first round tie against the Netherlands in what will be her first competitive match in over a year.

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.

Earlier Sunday, Venus Williams defeated Richel Hogenkamp 7-5, 6-1 to give the US a decisive 3-0 lead in its best-of-five matchup. Hogenkamp, bidding to become the 11th Dutch player to record 10 Fed Cup singles match-wins, broke her serve at love. Hogenkamp spent two hours and 36 minutes on court in her encounter with Vandeweghe on Saturday when she was two points from winning at 6-6 in the second set tiebreaker.

"I'm ready and really excited that I was chosen to be on the team".

Serena's sister Venus Williams and CoCo Vandeweghe are set to contest the singles rubbers for the US.

Williams heads a powerful U.S. team that includes her elder sister, and eighth-ranked, Venus, world number 17 CoCo Vandeweghe as well as world number 62 Lauren Davis.

After racing through the opening set, Williams was made to work in the second where the first five games all ended in service breaks.

Williams owns a 13-0 singles record and 3-1 doubles record in Fed Cup competition. Serena saved break points on her serve, including a wonderful volley lob victor from her knees by Venus, before holding out in the beginning of the second set and keeping this rubber in the balance.

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

After holding serve in the second game of the match, Rus wouldn't win her serve again until she already had lost the first set and was down a break in the second.

'Knowing I've got this handsome baby to go home to makes me feel like I don't have to play another match. I think that created some opportunities in the second set, too.

"Elsewhere, Kristina Mladenovic and Amandine Hesse beat Kirsten Flipkens and Elise Mertens in the deciding doubles rubber to put hosts France through to the semi-finals for the third time in four years".

In La Roche sur Yon, France, like Germany two-time winners of the Fed Cup, fought back to 1-1 against Belgium.

Williams took part in an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi in December and had hoped to make her return to tournament action at last month's Australian Open, only to subsequently withdraw.

The 36-year-old has not competed in a Fed Cup tie since April 2015 but felt the event was as good as any to start her comeback under the leadership of USA captain Kathy Rinaldi.

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