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Williams Sisters Won’t Compete in St. Louis

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Serena Williams of the US (R) congratulates her sister Venus Williams after victory in their women's doubles match against Camila Giorgi of Italy and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland on the fourth day of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 17, 2013.    GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images

Serena Williams of the US (R) congratulates her sister Venus Williams after victory in their women’s doubles match against Camila Giorgi of Italy and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland on the fourth day of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 17, 2013. GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — 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 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, S.C., 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.”

Venus Williams is ranked 32nd.

The matches will be played on the campus of Saint Louis University (Chaifetz Arena). The winning nation will enter the World Group in 2015 and compete for the Fed Cup title. The loser will drop down to World Group II.

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