U.S. ready to face weak Belgian squad
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The U.S. and Belgium will get their tie rolling on Wednesday with the opening singles, as veteran American
Meanwhile, the legendary 47-year-old Navratilova will play her first Fed Cup tennis in eight years and will also become the oldest-ever performer in the 40-year competition. The native Czechoslovakian is a brilliant 37-0 lifetime in Fed Cup action, including 17-0 in doubles.
The U.S. is captained by yet another legend, Billie Jean King, while Belgium is led by Ivo Van Aken. The Americans are 2-0 all-time against Belgium, and the two teams last met in the 2000 semifinals, with the U.S. winning en route to its last Fed Cup title.
Belgium captured its lone Fed Cup title in 2001.
The U.S.-Belgium winner will meet the Russia-France victor this weekend.
The host Russians appear to be the team to beat this week, as all four of their women rank inside the top 15 in the world and they also have a decided home-court advantage.
Russia and France will open things up on Wednesday with singles matches between
The Russians have never hoisted the Fed Cup, while France claimed its lone championship in 1997. Russia is 3-2 all-time versus France.
Russia is captained by Shamil Tarpischev, while France is led by Guy Forget.
All individual rubbers are best-of-three, while the ties are best-of-five.