Davenport's Fed Cup lobbying efforts fail with Williams sisters

3/29/2008 - Tennis

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.