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Knee inflammation sidelines Serena at Fed Cup

4/22/2007 - Tennis

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Serena Williams pulled out of her Fed
Cup singles match Sunday against Belgium because of slight
inflammation in her right knee, and she was replaced by 18-year-old
Vania King.


The soreness surfaced after Williams won her match Saturday
against Caroline Maes. Williams was examined Sunday by a team
doctor, and U.S. captain Zina Garrison decided to replace her as a
precaution.


The team said the inflammation wasn't related to Williams' groin
injury April 10, when she retired from a match in Charleston, S.C.


The U.S. team entered Sunday with a 2-0 lead, giving King a
chance to clinch the victory in the best-of-five match. King,
ranked 83rd, was to play Kirsten Flipkens.