Venus Williams used her 1,000th career singles match to get the United States off to a strong start in its Fed Cup title defense. CoCo Vandeweghe needed to stage a comeback to make sure that momentum continued. Williams and Vandeweghe won their singles matches Saturday to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead over the Netherlands. One of those matches proved much closer than the other. Williams beat Arantxa Rus 6-1, 6-4 in to improve her career singles record to 776-224.
When neither Williams sister played in the Fed Cup last year, Vandeweghe led the U.S. to its 2017 title by going 6-0 in singles matches and 2-0 in doubles. She became the first American ever to win six Fed Cup singles matches in one year since the World Group format was introduced in 1995.
In other World Group Fed Cup series, the Czech Republic leads Switzerland 2-0 while Belarus-Germany and France-Belgium are 1-1.