|The USTA and U.S. Fed Cup Captain Zina Garrison today announced that world No. 1 doubles player Lisa Raymond and the world No. 81 Vania King, the youngest American ranked in the top 100, will join Venus and Serena Williams on the U.S. squad that will face Belgium in the a 2007 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center in Delray Beach, Fla. on April 21-22. |
“Vania is a hard-working, young competitor with a lot of heart, and Lisa gives us strength in doubles,” said U.S. Fed Cup Captain Zina Garrison, who is in her fourth year as captain. “With both Venus and Serena Williams and a home crowd, we look forward to a competitive and, hopefully, a successful match for the U.S.”
Raymond, 33, the world No. 1 doubles player, holds a 12-8 overall record in Fed Cup (9-2 in doubles). Raymond is in her seventh year on the team and was a member of the 2000 U.S. Fed Cup team that defeated Spain 5-0 in the World Group Final. Raymond was also on the team the last time the U.S. reached the final, in 2003, when the U.S. fell to France, 3-2.
King, 18, holds a 1-2 overall Fed Cup record. She made her debut last year against Germany in a doubles loss with Shenay Perry. She played her first live singles match in the 2006 semifinal vs. Belgium, when she faced world No. 2 Kim Clijsters and later teamed with Jill Craybas to win the doubles point. She won her first tour singles title in Bangkok last fall.
Tickets for the two-day, best-of-five-match series are on sale to the general public and can be purchased by calling (888) 334-USTA (8782). Tickets are being sold as a two-day series or as individual sessions with prices ranging from $25 to $225, with VIP packages available. The event is being organized, staged and promoted by the USTA.
Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the world’s largest annual international team competition for women with 89 countries competing this year. The ITF has final approval rights for all site selections. The U.S. is one of eight nations competing for the 2007 Fed Cup title as part of the Fed Cup World Group. Should the United States defeat Belgium, the U.S. would face either Russia or Spain in the Fed Cup Semifinal round July 14-15 in the United States at a location to be determined.
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