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Venus Blasts Bedanova To Give U.S. 1-0 Fed Cup Lead

Photo By Fred Mullane By Adrianna Outlaw

Venus Williams turned the first match into a mismatch. Representing her country in international competition for the first time since she swept gold medals in singles and doubles at the Sydney Summer Olympics in 2000, Williams destroyed Daja Bedanova, 6-1, 6-0, to stake the U.S. to a 1-0 lead over the Czech Republic in the first-round Fed Cup tie in Lowell, Massachusetts.

The emphatic ease of Williams' victory resulted in a resounding roar from the partisan crowd at the Paul E. Tsongas Arena.

Top-ranked Serena Williams takes on Iveta Benesova in the second match of the day.

The tie marked the first time the Williams sisters have played Fed Cup since the 1999 final in Stanford, Calif., where the United States beat Russia, 4-1. In fact, the Williams sisters have played Fed Cup only twice overall prior to this weekend's tie. They made their debut in the 1999 semifinals against Italy, where they became the first sister duo to play for the United States on the same Fed Cup team. Jeanne and Chris Evert were the first sisters to play on U.S. Fed Cup teams, but they did so separately.

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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