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Coco Gauff joins Serena Williams on U.S. team for Fed Cup
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Teenager Coco Gauff was included on the U.S. Fed Cup team for the first time on Tuesday, joining Serena Williams and others for a qualifying series against Latvia next week.
Gauff, 15, is set to become the second-youngest American to play in the competition behind Jennifer Capriati, who made her debut at 14 in 1990.
Gauff is expected to enter the top 50 in the rankings for the first time after her run to the fourth round of the Australian Open, where she beat defending champion Naomi Osaka along the way.
Australian Open semifinalist Sofia Kenin, Alison Riske and doubles specialist Bethanie Mattek-Sands were also included on the roster announced by the U.S. Tennis Association.
The Americans will play Latvia in a five-match series on indoor hard courts in Everett, Washington, on Feb. 7-8. The winner advances to a 12-nation Fed Cup tournament in April, a revamped format for the competition.
Williams made her Fed Cup debut in 1999, helping the U.S. team win the title, more than four years before Gauff was born.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion last played in the Fed Cup in 2018. Now ranked No. 9, Williams has a 13-0 career record in Fed Cup singles.
The Latvia team features No. 33 Anastasija Sevastova and No. 45 Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion.
Remember that Fed Cup match in Miami where Venus and Serena tried to help her by letting her carry the flag after her big mouth got smashed. Remember how she was shamelessly benched by the coach?
Even junior Robin is willing to use her power to dish out bombs. Sloane leaves her power in her hotel room. LOL LOL LOL