The USTA and United States Fed Cup Captain Kathy Rinaldi on Wednesday announced that world No. 8 Sloane Stephens, No. 14 Madison Keys, No. 36 Sofia Kenin, No. 74 Jessica Pegula and No. 78 Jennifer Brady will represent the U.S. in its Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Playoff tie vs. Switzerland on April 20-21, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas.
Introducing the 2019 World Group playoff #TeamUSATennis Squad vs. Switzerland…@SloaneStephens@Madison_Keys@SonyaKenin@JLPegula@jennifurbrady95
Captain: Kathy Rinaldihttps://t.co/2hXtKf8MLs pic.twitter.com/BiVeSdjRDm
— USTA (@usta) April 10, 2019
Switzerland will counter with No. 81 Viktorija Golubic, No. 112 Timea Bacsinzsky, No. 144 Conny Perrin and No. 183 Ylena In-Albon playing for for captain Heinz Guenthardt in the best-of-five match series, which will be contested on a hard court inside Freeman Coliseum.
Play will begin at 2:30 p.m. local time (3:30 p.m. ET) on Saturday and 2 p.m. (3 p.m. ET) on Sunday. The match-ups and order of play for the weekend’s matches will be determined at the official draw ceremony, which will be held at 11 a.m. local time on Friday, April 19, at the Alamo.
The U.S. is 8-0 in Fed Cup competition vs. the Swiss, though the two countries last played in 1993. The winner of this match-up returns to the top-level World Group to compete for the Fed Cup title in 2020, while the loser will be relegated to World Group II next year.
For the 25-year-old Pegula it is a first-time Fed Cup nomination, and the same for the 24-year-old Brady who served as a hitting partner in 2017.
Fed Cup is the world’s largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with approximately 100 nations taking part each year. The U.S. holds an overall 151-38 record in Fed Cup competition with a 41-7 record in home ties. For more information, including access to player and historical Fed Cup records, please go to www.usta.com/fedcup or www.fedcup.com.