Published: Thu, January 25, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Serena Williams Will Play With US Fed Cup Team in February

Serena Williams Will Play With US Fed Cup Team in February

Williams, who became a mother on September 1, has not played an official match since winning the Australian Open in January 2017 for her 23rd Grand Slam singles title, setting a record for most in the professional era.

Williams has now targeted an official return to court for the February 10-11 Fed Cup tie against the Netherlands when the USA will begin their title defence of the team competition.

Still, complications did arise that easily could have stalled her return: Williams recently revealed she had a medical scare after giving birth, leading to multiple surgeries for blood cuts she'd developed in her lungs, as well as a pulmonary embolism.

A fourth member of the squad will be named next week as they prepare to face the Netherlands.

Williams will be joined by elder sister Venus and CoCo Vandeweghe.

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Serena Williams will return to competitive tennis next month as part of the United States' Fed Cup team, the United States Tennis Association confirmed on Wednesday. Earlier this month, the new mom announced her decision not to attend the Australian Open, saying, "Although I am super close I'm not where I personally want to be".

She played in an exhibition match on December 30 to test her game, but then made a decision to pull out of this month's Australian Open.

She'll also be joining her sister Venus Williams, marking the first time in two years that they've both been on the team, which they've played on together eight times.

The USA beat Belarus 3-2 in November to claim a record 18th Fed Cup title.

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