Serena to make comeback in Fed Cup doubles

Serena to make comeback in Fed Cup doubles

Serena Williams makes a backhand return to her sister Venus during the women's singles final January 28, 2017 at the Australian Open.

Meanwhile, Venus Williams got the defending champion United States off to a winning start in their Fed Cup first-round tie against the Netherlands on Saturday before CoCo Vandeweghe survived a scare to extend the lead to 2-0.

With yet another break in hand, Williams served for the tie up 5-1, and had a drama-free hold to give the USA a 3-0 win over the Netherlands to make the Fed Cup semifinals.

Williams had initially targeted last month's Australian Open for a comeback, but abandoned that ambitious goal after declaring she was not "where I personally want to be". "Every time you hit a second serve, you see someone at the other side standing one or two meters inside the baseline".

"I think I'm playing well".

The U.S. had taken a 2-0 lead Saturday when Venus Williams defeated Rus 6-4, 6-1 and Vandeweghe rallied from a set and a break down to beat Hogenkamp 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3.

"I don't really know about these milestones when they happen", she said.

Serena's sister Venus Williams and CoCo Vandeweghe are set to contest the singles rubbers for the US.

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The often-called GOAT - Greatest Of All Time - is not set to compete until tomorrow, when she will team up with Lauren Davis against Dutch duo Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs in Sunday's doubles match. Serena saved break points on her serve, including a wonderful volley lob victor from her knees by Venus, before holding out in the beginning of the second set and keeping this rubber in the balance.

Williams and Rus exchanged service breaks in the first five games of the second set, with Williams grabbing a 3-2 lead.

Williams owns a 13-0 singles record and 3-1 doubles record in Fed Cup competition.

"I thought maybe a few of my balls were flying a little bit", Williams said. "We need one more point - it doesn't matter which one - but we need to be ready because I expect them to fight back very hard".

A video posted to Serena's Instagram story shows the new mom clad in Team USA's uniform, smiling and pointing the camera at her family behind her at the Fed Cup in Asheville, North Carolina. Serena, on the flip side, held in all but one service game as she showed glimpses of her unbelievable serve and groundstrokes.

"Elsewhere, Kristina Mladenovic and Amandine Hesse beat Kirsten Flipkens and Elise Mertens in the deciding doubles rubber to put hosts France through to the semi-finals for the third time in four years".

It was her 1,000th career match and her 22nd singles appearance in a tournament she first played in 1999, but Williams insisted milestones were far from her mind.

In other World Group Fed Cup series, the Czech Republic leads Switzerland 2-0 while Belarus-Germany and France-Belgium are 1-1.