US Fed Cup Team Faces Latvia in Qualifying Round

The US Fed Cup Team is ready for play.

Angel of the Winds Arena, Everett, Wash. – The United States Fed Cup kicks off today and continues tomorrow, Feb. 8 at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Wash.

Serena Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion will be a part of the United States Fed Cup Team that takes on Latvia in a Fed Cup Qualifying competition.

Williams last played Fed Cup in February 2018 in her competitive return to tennis following the birth of her daughter. She’s 13-0 in singles and 3-2 in doubles over 10 Fed Cup ties played since 1999, when she and sister Venus were a part of the Americans’ Fed Cup title-winning team. Williams is currently ranked No. 9 and won her 73rd career WTA singles title last week in Auckland, New Zealand. 

The Qualifying competition vs. Latvia is a best-of-five match series played over two days, with each country bringing a team of four or five players. The ‘tie,’ as it’s called, begins at 7 p.m. Friday, February 7, with two singles matches between each country’s No. 1- and No. 2-nominated players. Two reverse singles matches, between each country’s No. 1s and each country’s No. 2s, and the doubles match will follow at 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 8.

The winner of this matchup advances to the 2020 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals April 14-19 in Budapest, Hungary – a new format for the Finals similar to the World Cup in which 12 nations converge on one venue to compete for the title.

Matches will be played at Angel Of The Winds Arena on a temporary indoor hard court, with an amended schedule possible for Saturday should one nation clinch victory in the third or fourth singles match.