Venus Williams, Vandeweghe lead US to 2-0 lead at Fed Cup

Venus Williams, Vandeweghe lead US to 2-0 lead at Fed Cup

Venus Williams, Vandeweghe lead US to 2-0 lead at Fed Cup

Because the US already has clinched, Sunday's second scheduled singles match won't be played. "This is definitely the start of a long process". Physically I feel good. "On paper, today I looked like I should win but it was a battle and I'm glad to get through that". "That's just something I always keep telling myself every day, I have to get better". Elise Mertens, an Australian Open semi-finalist last month, gave Belgium the lead with a 6-2 6-1 victory over Pauline Parmentier but Kristina Mladenovic beat Kirsten Flipkens 6-2 6-4. "We saw her play an exhibition at the end of last year, but this is a great way for her to start the year and get a couple matches or a match behind her".

"We'll wait and see how tomorrow goes and then we'll make our adjustments, if any", Rinaldi said.

Hogenkamp won four consecutive games to take the opener but Vandeweghe levelled the match with an ace on her fourth set point, triggering a massive fist pump and show of emotion that few expected from what initially appeared to be a mismatch.

Williams needs one more Grand Slam title to tie the record held by Australia's Margaret Court.

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"I have long-term goals obviously, but right now my main goal is just to stay in the moment", she said. "It goes unsaid that 25 (grand slam titles) is obviously something I would love, but I hate to limit myself".

Williams, who married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in November, said being a mother may boost her quest, believing that it has given her a more relaxed perspective on her profession. Serena who is married to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, said motherhood is "an awesome journey".

"It's never a win until it's over", she said. "It's a totally new experience".

"She's very professional and she has a lot of pride for playing for her country".

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"I don't really know about these milestones when they happen", she said. "I think sometimes motherhood changes people in a way that they become less young and more serious, but that hasn't affected her". Little sister Serena had some comments about Venus' attire (or lack thereof). Williams had told Vogue magazine that she developed several small blood clots in her lungs after her daughter was born.

Since giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia in September, she has played only once, in an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi in December, where she lost to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

The 36-year-old is due to play alongside world number 62 Lauren Davis in the doubles event at the USA's Fed Cup tie against the Netherlands this weekend. "Maybe she wants to peak for Wimbledon, that would be her best chance at a Grand Slam".

Williams' older sister, Venus, enters the weekend as the U.S. Team's No. 1 seed and the No. 8 ranked player in the world.

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"It actually is a really flawless opportunity to try to come back", Williams said.

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