When Serena Williams wins, she's happy. Go figure. So it comes as no surprise that she was grinning from ear to ear during the U.S.' Fed Cup domination.
A voyage to Ukraine to play a relegation Fed Cup tie, eh? Serena Williams isn't trying to fool anyone: She'll do whatever it takes to make the London Olympic field.
The Americans' sole purpose this coming weekend is simple: Get back to the World Group and start vying for Fed Cup titles again. Anything else is unacceptable.
Tennis has seen some notable men-versus-women matchups, but the skill sets are too different for a woman to successfully compete on the ATP tour.
Melanie Oudin has taken her lumps since an unexpected run at the 2009 U.S. Open. But heading into this weekend's Fed Cup tie, U.S. captain Mary Joe Fernandez sees hope in Oudin's grit and a weakened French squad.