Vandeweghe to open against Sasnovich in Fed Cup final

  • Vandeweghe to open against Sasnovich in Fed Cup final

Vandeweghe to open against Sasnovich in Fed Cup final

Aryna Sabalenka, Belarusian number one for the first time this year, will face U.S. Open victor Sloane Stephens in the second rubber before the reverse singles on Sunday. "It's very hard to find any motivation after U.S. Open because it's such a big tournament for the American players", said Vandeweghe. In doubles, the final match of the best-of-five series, Alison Riske and Shelby Rogers will play for the United States against Vera Lapko and Lidzlya Marozova. "I'm excited to be here for a final. We just transfer it right now to these great girls that are around me".

Coco Vandeweghe gave the United States, seeking a first victory since 2000, a flawless start by beating Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-4, 6-4 in the opening match at the Chizhovka Arena.

Kathy Rinaldi, in her first season as the USA captain, is trying to become the first since Billie Jean King to lead a winning Fed Cup squad.

"We know we're going to have a very competitive weekend", Rinaldi said.

Bidding to become the first U.S. captain to guide a team to a Fed Cup title in their first year since Marty Riessen in 1986, Rinaldi has left no stone unturned, even seeking advice from tennis great Billie Jean King. Since then, they have played in three finals - 2003, 2009, 2010 - but lost all of them. "We look forward to it".

This time they are missing the Williams sisters, who have not played in the Fed Cup this season, but all the members of American team are ranked higher than Belarus' top available player, Aryna Sabalenka, who is 78th in the world. We're here to compete. "It doesn't matter who we're playing on the other side of the net, we'll just focus on us and our team and just sticking together and supporting each other and I think we'll do fine". Two men dressed in knight's attire on horseback greeted draw attendees outside the Minsk City Hall.