Delray Beach, FL (Sports Network) - The United States will play host to Sweden
in a Fed Cup playoff in Florida this weekend, as world No. 1 superstar Serena
Williams is scheduled to compete in a pair of singles rubbers in the best-of-
Saturday's opening singles will pit Sloane Stephens against Swedish veteran
Sofia Arvidsson, while the second rubber has Serena taking on Johanna Larsson
on an outdoor hardcourt at Delray Beach Tennis Center. Stephens will make her
Fed Cup singles debut on Day 1.
On Sunday, the reverse singles will pit Williams against the 54th-ranked
Arvidsson and the world No. 16 Stephens versus the 66th-ranked Larsson, while
the potentially deciding doubles bout will feature an American tandem of Venus
Williams and Varvara Lepchenko battling a Swedish duo of Arvidsson and
The reigning Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion and world No. 1 Serena and the
former top-ranked Venus are playing Fed Cup together for the first time in
14 months. Serena is a perfect 8-0 in her lifetime Fed Cup singles affairs,
while Venus is 4-2 in her doubles bouts.
Team USA is captained by Mary Joe Fernandez and boasts four women who are
all ranked inside the top 30.
The Americans and Swedes have met four other times in Fed Cup, previously all
in the World Group, with the U.S. going 3-1. Sweden won their last encounter,
however, in Melbourne, Australia back in 1988.
The U.S. is attempting to avoid relegation to World Group II after losing
its' 2013 opening tie 3-2 to Italy in February.
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