Happening nearby: Serena Williams to play Fed Cup for U.S. vs. Latvia in Everett Feb. 7-8

Serena Williams

The United States Tennis Association announced Wednesday that 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams will be a part of the United States Fed Cup Team that takes on Latvia in a Fed Cup Qualifying competition Feb. 7-8 at Angel Of The Winds Arena in Everett.

Williams last played Fed Cup in February 2018 in her competitive return to tennis following the birth of her daughter. She’s 13-0 in singles and 3-2 in doubles over 10 Fed Cup ties played since 1999, when she and sister Venus were a part of the Americans’ Fed Cup title-winning team. Williams is currently ranked No. 9 and won her 73rd career WTA singles title last week in Auckland, New Zealand.

The qualifying competition vs. Latvia is a best-of-five match series played over two days, with each country bringing a team of four or five players. The “tie,” as it’s called, begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, with two singles matches between each country’s No. 1- and No. 2-nominated players. Two reverse singles matches, between each country’s No. 1s and each country’s No. 2s, and the doubles match will follow at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.

The winner of this matchup advances to the 2020 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals April 14-19 in Budapest, Hungary – a new format for the Finals similar to the World Cup in which 12 nations converge on one venue to compete for the title.

The U.S. team can feature as many as five players, and the final nominations must be made by 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Jan. 28. The U.S. currently has seven players in the Top 30 of the world rankings.

Matches will be played at Angel Of The Winds Arena on a temporary indoor hard court, with an amended schedule possible for Saturday should one nation clinch victory in the third or fourth singles match.

Tickets can be purchased at usta.com/fedcup. Two-day ticket packages for both Friday and Saturday – the best initial ticket value – will be sold at prices ranging from $50 to $250 or $25 to $125 per day. Single-day tickets for Friday or Saturday will be sold with prices ranging from $30 to $135 per day. Visit usta.com/fedcup for more information.

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