White Plains, New York: Serena and Venus Williams are not part of the Fed Cup roster submitted by U.S. captain Mary Joe Fernandez for a World Group playoff against France on April 19-20.
Instead, Fernandez's roster announced on Wednesday includes 18th-ranked Sloane Stephens, No. 42 Madison Keys, No. 49 Varvara Lepchenko and No. 57 Christina McHale.
After losing at a tournament at Charleston, South Carolina, on April 1, top-ranked Serena Williams said: "I'm really just dead. I need some weeks off where I don't think about tennis and kind of regroup."