Davenport's Fed Cup lobbying efforts fail with Williams sisters

Updated: March 29, 2008, 7:56 PM ET
Associated Press

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Lindsay Davenport says she wanted to talk Venus and Serena Williams into taking part in the next round of Fed Cup -- but failed.

Davenport will lead the U.S. team that faces Russia late next month in Moscow. She said she lobbied Venus Williams about playing when they crossed paths at a tournament in Memphis last month.

"It didn't work," Davenport said, laughing. "She said that she wasn't going. I tried for about one minute, and she just smiled and she's like, 'Nope.' "

Davenport raised the subject with Serena Williams this week at the Sony Ericsson Open.

"I said, 'Hey, are you going?' And she's like, 'Nope,' with the same smile. I totally respect players' decisions. It's not easy to go to Moscow in April."

Fed Cup rookie Ashley Harkleroad is expected to play singles along with Davenport.

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