Serena Williams won't play Fed Cup Saturday singles matches

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   Serena Williams missed the Australian Open due to fitness concerns

GETTY IMAGES Serena Williams missed the Australian Open due to fitness concerns

Some of that struggle was apparent during an exhibition match at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi in December, where she lost to French Open Champion Jelena Ostapenko.

With the win, Williams joined Billie Jean King, Chris Evert and Lindsay Davenport as the only American women to win 20 or more Fed Cup singles matches. That's just something I always keep telling myself every day, I have to get better'.

That means she isn't scheduled to play in either of the singles matches on Saturday which are followed by reverse singles on Sunday, but will instead play in a doubles tie with team-mate Davis against Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs.

And though she insists she has nothing left to prove, one professional goal eludes her - Margaret Court's all-time record for Slam singles titles of 24.

Serena said Friday she's unsure about how she will manage her schedule and whether she will play all three remaining Grand Slam events this year.

"It goes unsaid 25 is obviously something that I would love, but I'd hate to limit myself", she joked.

Baby Alexis Olympia, born in September, was in attendance, too, in the arms of her father, Alexis Ohanian, in the seats right behind them. Williams who is married to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, said motherhood is "an awesome journey". "It's a totally new experience. You have to get used to that, get in the rhythm of that".

She received a big ovation during team introductions and sat on court with her teammates during Venus's match.

"She might go out a little less", Venus said before breaking into a grin.

"Serena's just coming back", Rinaldi told a press conference in Asheville, with two days of action starting tomorrow.

Barbora Strycova put her country in a commanding position by beating Belinda Bencic 6-2 6-4 after Petra Kvitova was made to fight hard for her 6-2 1-6 6-3 defeat of Viktorija Golubic.

The 36-year-old missed the Australian Open in January to give her more time to recover from the birth.

The USA duly moved closer to victory as Coco Vandeweghe battled back from a set down to edge out Richel Hogenkamp 4-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 and claim her 13th Fed Cup win in a row. "Maybe she wants to peak for Wimbledon, that would be her best chance at a Grand Slam".

"It actually is a really ideal opportunity to try to come back", Williams said.

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