Venus Williams sealed victory for defending champions the United States in their Fed Cup tie against the Netherlands Sunday and was poised to play alongside younger sister Serena, making her long-awaited comeback, in the dead-rubber doubles.
Serena Edges Errani, Now 20-0 In 2015
Serena Williams was understandably far from her best in her return to competition on Sunday but the greatest player of her generation said it was a positive step towards her goal of returning to the pinnacle of her sport.
Venus Williams claimed victory in the 1,000th singles match of her storied career by hammering Arantxa Rus in the United States' Fed Cup tie with the Netherlands.
Williams made history just by stepping on the court on Saturday but made sure she celebrated the landmark in style with a 6-1 6-4 success, her 776th in singles.
World No 2 Simona Halep said on Tuesday that she will miss Romania's Fed Cup tie with Canada this weekend after an injury picked up at a gruelling Australian Open failed to heal.
"After spending the last week resting and rehabbing my injury from the Australian Open, unfortunately it has not recovered quickly enough," the 26-year-old said on Facebook.
The Czech Republic further established themselves as the dominant force in women's team tennis as they claimed a 3-2 comeback win against hosts France to capture their fifth Fed Cup title in six years on Sunday, and 10th overall.
Karolina Pliskova and Barbora Strycova downed Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia 7-5 7-5 in the doubles to hand the visitors the decisive point.
World No 3 Simona Halep decided to postpone an operation on her nose to play in the Fed Cup against defending champions Czech Republic this weekend, the Romanian tennis federation said on Tuesday.
Halep announced last month she would skip the match in Cluj-Napoca and tournaments in Dubai and Doha, hoping to return to defend her title at Indian Wells in March.
Maria Sharapova won a blockbuster against Petra Kvitova to give the Russians a 2-1 lead in the final, but the Czechs fought back to take home yet another Fed Cup title.
Playing in her first Fed Cup final, and facing one of the fastest-rising WTA Rising Stars for the first time, Maria Sharapova got the win to tie it up with the Czech Republic.
Maria Sharapova is happy to cast herself as the underdog in her first Fed Cup final appearance when Russia seeks to take the trophy from holders Czech Republic this weekend.
The Russian team, led by the world number four, is looking to prevent the Czechs from claiming a fourth title in five years, a feat last accomplished by Russia in 2004-08.
Serena Williams edged Sara Errani in their reverse singles match in Fed Cup on Sunday, improving to 20-0 in 2015 and extending her overall winning streak to 23 matches in a row.
Williams had never lost to Errani in seven previous meetings, in fact losing just one set, the first set of their Dubai clash in 2009 - she ended up running away with that one anyway, 6-0 in the third.