US in Fed Cup semis

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:51 IST

The United States reached the Fed Cup semi-finals after Lindsay Davenport defeated Els Callens 6-4, 6-0 on Sunday.

US in Fed Cup semis

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The United States reached the Fed Cup semi-finals after Lindsay Davenport defeated Els Callens 6-4, 6-0 on Sunday. She thus gave her team an unassailable 3-0 lead in their first round tie against Belgium. Venus Williams then beat Leslie Butkiewicz in straight sets to put the USA 4-0 ahead against Belgium. Weakened squadWithout former world number ones Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne, Belgium had never looked remotely capable of upsetting the United States in their first round tie. Davenport duly ensured her team a place in the semi-finals with a quick and impressive victory in the third and decisive singles rubber. She was troubled early on by the windy conditions, but settled down later in the first set. She then opened the second by breaking serve to love, and never looked back. Davenport, who has now won 23 consecutive Fed Cup rubbers, sent down three aces to hold to love to finish off Callens. Comfortable win With overall victory in the tie already ensured, Venus Williams faced Leslie Butkiewicz in a dead singles rubber, which she won 6-1, 6-4. That was followed by Davenport and Corina Morariu against Callens and Kirsten Flipkens. It ended in a comfortable win for the US, as they completed a 5-0 whitewash. The USA will now move on to face defending champions Russia in the semi-finals of the Fed Cup, the weekend after the Wimbledon Championships. The US have won each of their three previous Fed Cup encounters against Russia, the last of which came in the 1999 final. But the July meeting will probably take place on clay, which is not the USA's strongest surface. (AP)



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