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Sisterly Sweep: Williams Sisters Give U.S. 2-0 Lead In Fed Cup

Photo By Cynthia Lum By Adrianna Outlaw

The stars were shining indoors this afternoon. Thousands of fans in the sold-out Paul E. Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Massachusetts wore or waved the stars and stripes in support of the United States Fed Cup team as it faced the Czech Republic in its first-round Fed Cup tie.

The shooting stars — Venus Williams and Serena Williams — took turns lighting up the court with powerful shots.

Venus Williams defeated Daja Bedanova, 6-1, 6-0, in today's opening match. Top-ranked Serena Williams followed with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Iveta Benesova in the second match of the day to stake the United States to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five match tie.

The U.S. needs one win in tomorrow's reverse singles or in the doubles match to advance to the Fed Cup quarterfinals.

The reigning Australian Open champion withstood a tough fight from Benesova in the first set before prevailing in a routine second set.

Sixteen nations are seeking the 2003 Fed Cup title. The winner of the U.S.-Czech Republic tie will advance to the round of eight, July 19-20th, to face the winner of the Sweden-Italy tie. The round of eight winners will then advance to the final four Fed Cup World Finals in November.

For the complete list of first-round Fed Cup results, please visit the Fed Cup web site.
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