I was wondering if there has been any news about venues for the upcoming World Group Semi-Finals, which are right after Wimbledon. Of particular interest is where the USA will decide to host their tie against Russia. I think location will be a big factor in whether Serena Williams will play the tie. (Venus Williams has already confirmed that she will be there, and I would guess Lisa Raymond and Vania King would jump at another chance to play.) Russia usually has a solid team, so Serena's attendence, or lack of, could make a big difference. The surface, of course is also of interest. The USA will definitely not pick clay, but either hard court or grass is quite possible.