Tennis

Serena Williams returning to competition for U.S. Fed Cup team

The U.S. Tennis Association says Serena Williams will return to competition for the first time in more than a year at the country's Fed Cup matches against the Netherlands next month.

American tennis star has missed over a year due to maternity leave

The U.S. Tennis Association says Serena Williams will return to competition for the first time in more than a year at the country's Fed Cup matches against the Netherlands next month. (Kin Cheung/The Associated Press)

The U.S. Tennis Association says Serena Williams will return to competition for the first time in more than a year at the country's Fed Cup matches against the Netherlands next month.

Williams has not played an official match since winning the Australian Open in January 2017 for her 23rd Grand Slam singles title. She was pregnant during that tournament and gave birth to a daughter on Sept. 1.

Joining Williams on U.S. captain Kathy Rinaldi's roster announced Tuesday is older sister Venus, a seven-time major champion. The siblings have not played on the Fed Cup team together in three years.

Also on the team: CoCo Vandeweghe, a semifinalist at the Australian Open and U.S. Open last year. A fourth member of the U.S. squad will be announced next week.

The U.S. won last year's Fed Cup.

The matches against the Netherlands will be held on an indoor hard court in Ashville, North Carolina, on Feb. 10-11.

Romania will host Canada in World Group II the same weekend.

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