Venus, Serena Williams Pass on U.S. Fed Cup v Argentina

by Staff | January 28th, 2009, 2:41 pm

Former No. 1s Venus and Serena Williams will not compete for the U.S. Fed Cup team when they host Argentina in February, leaving the U.S. squad with no players ranked in the Top 35.
First-year captain Mary Joe Fernandez will defend U.S. turf with Bethanie Mattek, who is reportedly coming off an injury and missed the Australian Open after getting married, veteran Jill Craybas, rookie Melanie Oudin, and Liezel Huber in doubles with a partner to be named.

The weak Argentine squad is led by No. 45-ranked Gisela Dulko, and a list of minor league players including Betina Jozami, Soledad Esperon and Aranza Salut.

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6 Comments for Venus, Serena Williams Pass on U.S. Fed Cup v Argentina

ojo Says:

Such loyalties they have. LOL

Mary Says:

The Sisters, along with Ivanovic and the other serb, will be playing at MSG on March 2nd.
I’m sure those tickets are selling out fast. Just what everyone wants to do give people who don’t always deserve the big money they get paid, more money!

Mary Says:

Sorry to double post:
“On Monday, March 2, four of the best women’s tennis players in the world will face off in a one-night single elimination event at Madison Square Garden for $1.2 million in prize money.”

The Billie Jean King Cup. B******, please.(I don’t know know how to translate this into Servia”

Mary Says:

Oh I’m doing good with the spelling
the above should be “Serbian)”
Sorry to triple post.

Michael Says:

Yeah, Mary. Why be loyal to people who show no LOVE? I get it – don’t you? Most Americans want other nationalities to beat the Williams sisters. You are an American just like the rest of us. Just listen to the commentators betraying their loyalty to their own Country in hopes someone like the Russians might beat citizens of their own Country. I get it – don’t you? I don’t blame them one bit. Honor and respect should be mutual.

Sarah Says:

I watched the Fed Cup between the US and Argentina and I applauded the rookie US players who gave it their all to win the US a place in the Semi. I used to be a fan of the Williams sisters but I am not anymore. I am disappointed that they chose not to play for the US. To me it’s just a matter of priorities and apparently FED CUP is not on their top. Andy Roddick always made it a priority to play for his country. And I admire him for that. Look at the Russian top players, they’re committed as well. Too bad for the US. I applaud Davenport for coming w/a young baby in tow. That’s committment.

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