January 29th, 2020

Serena Williams, Kenin, Gauff in Blockbuster Fed Cup Line-up for February

General News Pro Tennis

Former world No. 1 Serena Williams, current Australian Open semifinalist Sofia Kenin, teen breakout star CoCo Gauff, former world No. 1 doubles player Bethanie Mattek-Sands, and world No. 19 Alison Riske will represent the U.S. Fed Cup Team in a qualifying tie vs. Latvia on Feb. 7-8, 2020, in Everett, Wash.

The Latvian Fed Cup team will counter with former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, world No. 33 Anasasija Sevastova, No. 263 Diana Marcinkevica and No. 492 Daniela Vismane.

The best-of-five match series will be played on a hard court inside Angel Of The Winds Arena. Play will begin Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. local time (10:30 p.m. ET) with two singles matches. The official draw ceremony will be held at noon local time on Thursday, Feb. 6, at Angel Of The Winds Arena.

The winner of the match-up advances to the 2020 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals on April 14-19 in Budapest, Hungary, featuring 12 nations in a new Fed Cup format.

The 38-year-old Williams last played Fed Cup in February 2018, and she is 13-0 in singles and 3-2 in doubles over 10 Fed Cup ties played since 1999. The 21-year-old Kenin reached a career-high ranking of No. 12 in 2019, and will surpass that with her semifinal result this week in Melbourne where she still has a chance to reach her first Grand Slam final.

Ostapenko has never faced Williams or Kenin and is 1-0 against Riske and 0-1 vs. Gauff during her career.

The 29-year-old Riske last year reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals, defeating world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty in the process. Gauff, 15, will rise into the Top 50 next week after the Australian Open where she defeated defending champion Naomi Osaka, and if she takes the court in Washington will be making her U.S. Fed Cup debut.

The 34-year-old Mattek-Sands last year won the Beijing doubles title with Kenin and is 7-1 in Fed Cup doubles over 10 ties played for the U.S. since making her debut in 2009.

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 152-38 record in Fed Cup competition with a 42-7 record in home ties.

For more information, including access to player and historical Fed Cup records, go to www.usta.com/fedcup or www.fedcup.com.