WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Serena and Venus Williams will skip
the U.S. Fed Cup team's quarterfinal against Austria next month,
with Martina Navratilova, Chanda Rubin, Lisa Raymond and Jill
Craybas on the team announced Wednesday.
"According to the ranking the Americans are still the
favorites, but without Venus Williams they are certainly not as
strong. If my girls reach top form anything is possible," Austrian
captain Alfred Tesar told The Associated Press in Vienna.
Venus Williams lost in the second round at Wimbledon last week,
while Serena reached the semifinals by beating Jennifer Capriati
6-1, 6-1 Wednesday.
Rubin was knocked out in the first round at the All England
Club, while Navratilova played singles there for the first time in
a decade and reached the second round.
Navratilova and Raymond are playing doubles together at
Craybas, 30, never has played Fed Cup.
Austria's squad for the July 10-11 matches in Innsbruck is
Barbara Schett, Barbara Schwartz, Patricia Wartusch and Sybille