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Serena Focus On FedCup But Unsure About Grand Slam Return

11 February 2018, 05:03 | Taylor George

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

   Serena Williams missed the Australian Open due to fitness concerns

Serena Williams makes a backhand return to her sister Venus during the women's singles final January 28, 2017 at the Australian Open.

Venus Williams got the United States off to the flawless start as they claimed a 2-0 lead in their Fed Cup World Group tie with the Netherlands.

Right now I'm focused on this weekend and after that, I'll figure out what it might be.' Elaborating on her decision to play the Fed Cup instead of playing a WTA tournament, she stated, 'Why not Fed Cup?

For now, she appears to be easing her way in and was not named as the United States' first or second singles player in a powerful U.S. team that includes elder sister Venus, world number 17 CoCo Vandeweghe and world number 62 Lauren Davis. "Right now my main goal is just to stay in the moment", said Williams, who will team up with world number 62 Lauren Davis in a potentially decisive fifth rubber.

Cheered on by her younger sister Serena, who is poised to make her own comeback to the sport after a year away and the birth of her daughter, seven-time Grand Slam victor Venus made relatively light work of her 124th-ranked opponent to win 6-1, 6-4. Serena, 36, hasn't played an official match since winning the 2017 Australian Open.

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"We'll wait and see how tomorrow goes and then we'll make our adjustments, if any", Rinaldi said. "I definitely have. Yeah, just trekking on, we keep doing the same thing".

Sunday's scheduled singles matches have Venus Serena facing Hogerkamp and Vandeweghe taking on Russian Federation.

Williams' success in Melbourne past year marked her 23rd grand slam, leaving her second only to Margaret Court (24) for most major titles.

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.

"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. It's probably been the most fun of my life.

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