Venus Williams has decided she will not play in the Fed Cup semifinal this weekend in Birmingham, Alabama. Williams says she was advised by her medical team that she needs more recovery time to take care of her knee injury.
Team captain Mary Joe Fernandez will select either Sloane Stephens or Julia Boserup as the fourth member of her team. The other members are Melanie Oudin, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Liezel Huber.
The USA team has already hosted a tennis clinic for children in Birmingham. Joining the U.S. players were Elena Dementieva and Ekaterina Makarova, who are playing for the Russian Fed Cup team.