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American Sloane Stephens, ranked 16th, will open the Fed Cup World Group Playoff tie against 54th-ranked Sophia Arvidsson of Sweden at the Delray Beach Tennis Center on Saturday.
The second match on Saturday features world No. 1 Serena Williams of the U.S. against 66th-ranked Johanna Larsson of Sweden.
On Sunday, Serena Williams will play the first match against Arvidsson, followed by Stephens taking on Larsson.
The final match on Sunday will be doubles.
Venus Williams will pair with Varvara Lepchenko for the United States against Arvidsson and Larsson.
Sweden will not play their other two team members - Hilda Melander and Sandra Roma.
The winner of this weekend's tie will secure a spot in the 2014 Fed Cup World Group.
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Serena Williams evened the United States' Fed Cup World Group playoff match against Sweden, waiting out a long rain delay to beat Johanna Larsson 6-2, 6-2 on Saturday night.
In the opening match, Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson beat Sloane Stephens 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.
The top-ranked Williams finished off the 66th-ranked Larsson in 66 minutes under the lights.
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Venus Williams needed eight match points in the final game to beat Johanna Larsson 6-3, 7-5 and give the U.S. an insurmountable 3-1 lead against Sweden in the Fed Cup World Group Playoff.
It marked the first time that the 21st ranked Venus Williams, a former No. 1, has clinched a Fed Cup tie for the United States.
Earlier Sunday, No. 1-ranked Serena Williams boosted the U.S. to...
By Nathalie Narcisse (April 20, 2013) DELRAY BEACH. Florida – After a three-hour setback due to showers at the Delray Beach Tennis Center, Serena Williams sauntered on court to face Swede Johanna Larsson. The world No. 1 dusted off her opponent 6-2, 6-2 to knot the tie between the two nations. This was the [...]