No Venus for US against Russia in Fed Cup

BIRMINGHAM: Venus Williams will not compete for the United States in this weekend''s Fed Cup semi-final tie against Russia because of nagging leg injuries similar to those of sister Serena.

"I waited until this moment in hopes that I would have an opportunity to play, but I am being advised by my medical support team that I will need more time to recover," Williams said in a statement Wednesday.

The elder Williams sister wore wrappings on both legs in a finals loss to Kim Clijsters earlier this month at a hardcourt event in Miami.

"She has been trying to get better," Fernandez said. "Obviously I knew it was going to be tough for her because she hurt herself at the end of the Miami tournament and couldn''t hit balls until the last week or so.

"I did everything I could do to give her as much time as possible to see if she got better. She''s not quite there."

Fernandez will send Melanie Oudin, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Liezel Huber against the Russians and fill the spot she was holding open for Venus with either Sloane Stephens or Christina McHale.