Vandeweghe wary of Sasnovich in Fed Cup opener

Vandeweghe wary of Sasnovich in Fed Cup opener

Stephens, who won the US Open this year for her first major title, missed the opening two rounds of the worldwide team competition because of a foot injury.

"Really looking forward to getting back on the court", the 13th-ranked Stephens said.

This time they are missing the Williams sisters, who have not played in the Fed Cup this season, but all the members of American team are ranked higher than Belarus' top available player, Aryna Sabalenka, who is 78th in the world.

"I grew up playing team sports".

Belarus and United States are locked at 1-1 after the first day of singles action at the Fed Cup final in Minsk.

Stephens hasn't played in the Fed Cup since the 2016 quarterfinals, but she said it's been "no problem at all" slipping back onto the squad. "We just transfer it right now to these great girls that are around me".

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Stephens didn't play from the 2016 Olympics through Wimbledon in 2017 and underwent foot surgery during that period. "It's very hard to find any motivation after US Open because it's such a big tournament for the American players", said Vandeweghe. She retired with a knee injury from her last match against Barbora Strycova in China last week.

It's Stephens's fifth loss on five matches played after winning US Open title, but at least she broke a six set losing streak.

Belarus have battled into their maiden Fed Cup final but will be without Azarenka because of an ongoing custody battle over her baby son.

With 17 titles, U.S. is one of the competition's traditional heavyweight, although the last of those triumphs came back in 2000. "You feel like, "come on, I have to win".

Vera Lepko and Lidziya Marozava have been named for that and are due to face Alison Riske and Shelby Rogers. "I'm very used to a team atmosphere first", the 25-year-old American said on a conference call from Minsk, where the November 11-12 Fed Cup decider will be held.