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Fed Cup 2017: Belarus v USA squads

The national teams of Belarus and the USA have named squads for the Federation Cup final 2017. The main trophy of women's tennis at the level of national teams will be contested in Minsk on November 11-12. The matches will be played at Chizhovka Arena.

Belarusians' main loss is Victoria Azarenka, who continues lawsuit regarding her son with the former boyfriend and has not played in recent months. Moreover, she cannot even travel beyond California now.

The USA are flying to Minsk without Williams sisters. The youngest - Serena - has recently became a mother, so no one expected her to feature. But the elder sister - Venus - had a very good season despite her age, 37, and last week played in a WTA final (lost to Wozniacki). Venus Williams has the highest singles ranking among Americans (5), however, she was not included in the squad.

Азаренко не попала в состав сборной Беларуси на финал Кубка федерации

But the USA has enough of strong tennis players even without Venus and Serena. It is enough that the lowest-ranked USA team member is rated higher than the top ranked best representative of Belarus. But we know how the national team transforms Belarusian girls and how they can play at home. In general, there are still reasons to believe in the best.

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