Serena Williams and the rest of the U.S. women’s tennis team are aiming to beat Latvia when the nations square off in a Fed Cup tie this weekend at Angel of the Winds Arena. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

Serena Williams and the rest of the U.S. women’s tennis team are aiming to beat Latvia when the nations square off in a Fed Cup tie this weekend at Angel of the Winds Arena. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

POLL: What do you think of the Fed Cup coming to Everett?

Women’s tennis’ biggest international competition pits the U.S. vs. Latvia at Angel of the Winds Arena.

So what do you think about the Fed Cup coming to Everett?

The Fed Cup is women’s tennis’ biggest international competition, and on Friday and Saturday it’s happening at Angel of the Winds Arena. The United States is facing Latvia in a qualifier, with the winner advancing to the Fed Cup Finals.

This is the first time Everett has ever hosted a Fed Cup match, as well as the first time (as far as I’m aware) tennis has ever been played at Angel of the Winds Arena since the building opened in 2003. Which means we’re getting a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the best American women’s tennis players on offer.

The U.S. team named five players to its roster: Serena Williams, Sofia Kenin, Alison Riske, Coco Gauff and Bethanie Mattek-Sands. And this is a strong U.S. team.

The headliner, of course, is Williams, who was the first player announced as a team member. Williams, quite frankly, is the greatest women’s tennis player of all time. Williams has won 23 grand slams, which is the most by any player, man or woman, in the open era and just one short of Margaret Court’s record of 24. She’s transcended her sport, becoming a cultural icon on top of being a tennis great. She may be 38 years old and she may not have won a major since the 2017 Australian Open, but she’s still as good as anyone in the business, being ranked No. 9 in the world.

And Williams is hardly alone as a high-profile player on the U.S. team. Most notably, Sofia Kenin, who on Saturday joined the ranks of major tournament winners when she defeated Garbine Muguruza 4-6, 6-2., 6-2 to capture this year’s Australian Open title. Her Australian Open victory saw her zoom from No. 15 to No. 7 in the rankings, and at 21 years old she’s clearly a player on the rise. As the hottest player on tour, Kenin is a good bet to be one of the U.S.’s two singles players this weekend.

The rest of the team is solid, too. Riske, 29, is ranked No. 18 in the world. Gauff, still only 15 years old, has worked her way up to No. 51 in her quest to be the next transcendent tennis star. And Mattek-Sands, 34, gives the team a doubles specialist as she’s ranked No. 20 in doubles.

It will be interesting to see how U.S. captain Kathy Rinaldi decides to deploy her players. Five players are a lot for a Fed Cup team, as the tie is a best-of-five, with two singles players — each playing twice — and a doubles team. That usually means a maximum of four players, and a team can get away with fielding just two if it wants, using its two singles players to form the doubles team.

The first two singles matches take place Friday night. The reverse singles matches begin Saturday afternoon, with the tie concluding with the doubles match Saturday night.

So what is your excitement level for the Fed Cup coming to Everett? Let yourself be heard here:


Talk to us

More in Sports

Washington's Lauren Sanders, center, spikes the ball against Dayton's Lexie Almodovar, left, and Lindsey Winner, right, in the third set during an NCAA volleyball tournament in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Chris Machian/Omaha World-Herald via AP)
Glacier Peak grad Sanders climbs UW volleyball record books

The senior middle blocker has made an impact on and off the court for the Sweet 16-bound Huskies.

Monroe's Trey Lane runs the ball during the game against Lake Stevens on Friday, March 12, 2021 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
All-Wesco teams announced for traditional fall sports

The standouts from the shortened fall sports season.

The Herald’s Athlete of the Week poll.
Vote for The Herald’s Prep Athlete of the Week for April 5-11

The Athlete of the Week nominees for April 5-11. Voting closes at… Continue reading

Kamiak's Cade Weatherbie and Meadowdale's River Stewart fall while fighting for the ball during the game on Friday, April 16, 2021 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
GALLERY: Kamiak shuts out Meadowdale in boys soccer

Westin Joyner and Junior Phomnath combine for the clean sheet in the Knights’ 3-0 win.

Prep sports roundup.
Prep results for Friday, April 16

Prep results for Friday, April 16 (check back frequently for updates): (Note… Continue reading

FILE - Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch walks off the field after NFL football practice in Renton, Wash., in this Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, file photo. During Marshawn Lynch’s 12 NFL seasons he earned a reputation for his fearless style on the field, while remaining one of the league’s most reclusive figures off the field. Now the retired running back is lending his voice to try to help members of Black and Hispanic communities make more informed decisions about receiving COVID-19 vaccines. Lynch released a 30-minute interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci on his YouTube channel Friday, April 16, 2021, becoming the latest prominent athlete to sit down with him to discuss the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines as the U.S. continues to combat the pandemic.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Marshawn Lynch discusses vaccine hesitancy with Dr. Fauci

The former Seahawks star is hoping to help Black and Hispanic communities make informed decisions.

Exterior of the new Quil Ceda Creek Casino on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2020 in Marysville, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Tulalip Tribes reach deal with state on sports betting

If all goes to plan, the tribes could get federal approval for sports books at two casinos by the fall.

Kevin Clark / The Herald

***Silvertips Special Sections*****
Yan Khomenko signals for substitution Sunday night at Xfinity Arena in Everett, Wa on September 6th, 2015

Sports:  Silvertips Special Section
Shot on: 09/06/15
Silvertips rally to defeat Thunderbirds

Everett comes back from a one-goal deficit in the third and beats Seattle 5-3 to snap a short skid.

Seattle Sounders midfielder Joao Paulo (6) celebrates with forward Raul Ruidiaz (9) and midfielder Josh Atencio, right, after Paulo scored a goal against Minnesota United during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Friday, April 16, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Sounders thump Minnesota in season opener

Seattle welcomed back fans and the start of the MLS season with a 4-0 win on Friday night.

Most Read