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King replaces injured Venus on US Fed Cup team

January 26, 2011 17:21 IST

Injured Venus Williams will join her sister Serena on the Fed Cup sidelines with Vania King named to take her place on the US team that will play the quarter-finals in Antwerp against Belgium.

US captain Mary Joe Fernandez named King, Melanie Oudin, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Liezel Huber to her team Tuesday for the Feb 5-6 indoor matches at the Sports Palace.

At number 48, Mattek-Sands is the highest-ranked player on the US squad.

Fifth-ranked Venus, a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion, was expected to be on the squad before injuring her hip last week during the Australian Open.

Fourth-ranked Serena, winner of 13 Grand Slam singles titles, has not played in a tournament since Wimbledon last July because of a foot injury.

The Belgian team is expected to include U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters, ranked third, and seven-time major winner Justine Henin (13).

"We will have our work cut out for us," Fernandez said in a conference call after naming the team. The United States has won 17 Fed Cup titles, but have not triumphed since 2000.

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