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Serena Williams could be asked to play 3 matches in 2 days

Serena Williams has been virtually unbeatable this year. The top-ranked player could face quite a challenge this weekend, though, when she may have to play three matches in two days before a hostile crowd on slow red clay against Italy in a Fed Cup World Group playoff. "I think she's excited about starting her clay-court season early and getting ready for the French Open," U.S. Fed Cup captain Mary Joe Fernandez told The Associated Press on Tuesday from Brindisi, the town in southern Italy that is hosting the match. With sister Venus Williams withdrawing from the team because of a personal matter, Serena will be expected to carry a squad that also features 45th-ranked...

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