Fed Cup: 10th straight semis for Czechs; Serena returns for US

Fed Cup: 10th straight semis for Czechs; Serena returns for US

Fed Cup: 10th straight semis for Czechs; Serena returns for US

Sabalenka combined with Lidziya Marozava for the first time, and they faced Maria and Anna-Lena Groenefeld, who hadn't played Fed Cup doubles since 2011 but had a 3-2 record.

Though she and her sister were beaten opponents by Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs, Serena said this about losing, "I honestly feel better than I thought I was going to feel".

But no matter what happens next-whether she decides to retire and spend more time with her family, or she roars back to win another dozen or so titles-Williams has the satisfaction that she got to play in front of her most important fan. I feel like that's a very good step in the right direction.' When asked to elaborate on what she felt she had to improve in her game, she noted, 'I'm always a 360 kind of person.

I've been training. It's just exciting to be out there.

But she was determined to put on a courageous face after the loss took some of the shine off the Americans' otherwise decisive 3-1 win that booked their place in the next round against France in April.

Earlier Sunday, Venus Williams defeated Richel Hogenkamp 7-5, 6-1 to give the U.S. a decisive 3-0 lead, with the scheduled singles match between CoCo Vandeweghe and Arantxa Rus scrapped.

Tennis star Serena Williams said she was feeling positive after returning to the court for her first competitive match since becoming a mother. Both were in attendance over the weekend, seated just behind the players' box.

Mladenovic double-faulted on her first match point at 40-15 but delivered a strong serve on the next point which proved enough, sparking wild celebrations from captain Yannick Noah and French staff members at the indoor court in La Roche Sur Yon in western France. "There was a lot of pressure for me to close it out, for her to be able to stay in, and I was able to handle it a little better", she added. "It was hard, it was the first time for me".

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