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Venus Williams gets United States off to winning start in Fed Cup clash

Venus Williams became only the fourth American woman to win 20 or more Fed Cup matches.

TENNIS 10/02/18 23:01
Venus Williams gets United States off to winning start in Fed Cup clash

Venus Williams got the United States off to the perfect start as they claimed a 2-0 lead in their Fed Cup World Group tie with the Netherlands.

Williams beat Arantxa Rus 6-1 6-4 in Asheville – her 20th Fed Cup singles win – in one hour and 21 minutes to take the first rubber.

In doing so, the 37-year-old became only the fourth American woman to win 20 or more Fed Cup matches, joining the esteemed company of Billie Jean King, Chris Evert and Lindsay Davenport.

Coco Vandeweghe defeated Richel Hogenkamp in the second match on Saturday after coming from a set down to win.

Vandeweghe claimed a 4-6 7-6 (8/6) 6-3 win in a match time of two hours and 36 minutes.

France are level at 1-1 with Belgium after their opening two rubbers in Mouilleron le Captif.

Elise Mertens beat Pauline Parmentier 6-2 6-1 to give the Belgians the advantage before Kristina Mladenovic saw off Kirsten Flipkens 6-2 6-4.

Wins for Petra Kvitova and Barbora Strycova gave Czech Republic a 2-0 lead over Switzerland in Prague.

Kvitova was taken to three sets by Viktorija Golubic in the first rubber before coming through 6-2 1-6 6-3, while Strycova beat Belinda Bencic 6-2 6-4.

Meanwhile, in Minsk, Belarus and Germany are level at 1-1 after Aryna Sabalenka won the opening rubber for the hosts, with Antonia Lottner victorious in the second.