Venus joins Fed Cup team
Sisters to represent U.S. in Belgium
Venus Williams, of the United States, eighth seed, left, and Alicia Molik of Australia, 10th seed, come to the net after their fourth round match at the Australian Open at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 24, 2005. Molik won the match, 7-5, 7-6. (AP Photo/Steve Holland)
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Venus Williams will join her sister Serena and top-ranked Lindsay Davenport on the U.S. Fed Cup team for its April 23-24 quarter-final against Belgium at Delray Beach, Fla.
That trio - all ranked in the top 10 - hasn't played Fed Cup together since 1999, when the United States won the team event.
Completing the squad is Corina Morariu, who forms the world's No. 2 doubles team with Davenport. They were the runners-up at the Australian Open this year.
Ninth-ranked Venus Williams, who beat Serena in the quarter-finals of the Nasdaq-100 Open on Tuesday, is 10-1 in Fed Cup play. She last played for the Americans in April 2004.
No. 4 Serena is 6-0 for her career without dropping a set, and No. 1 Davenport is 28-2. They were placed on the roster in February.
Serena has won seven Grand Slam singles titles, Venus four and Davenport three.
"This is the strongest Fed Cup team we've fielded in years," U.S. captain Zina Garrison said.
With its top two players, Justine Henin-Hardenne and Kim Clijsters, working their way back into form after long layoffs, Belgium will use Ells Callens, Kirsten Flipkens and Evelyne Van Hyfte. The U.S. has won all three previous Fed Cup matches against Belgium.