Williams sisters lead US to win over Sweden
DELRAY BEACH, United States (AFP) - Serena and Venus Williams delivered singles victories Sunday to lift the United States to a Fed Cup playoff victory over Sweden that will keep America in the elite World Group.
Venus Williams persevered to deliver the clinching point, sealing a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Johanna Larsson on her eighth match point.
The seven-time Grand Slam champion had been rolling toward the win, serving for the match and the tie at 5-4 in the second set when she delivered three double faults to drop her serve.
She immediately broke back to take a 6-5 lead, but had to claw through a 12th game that went to deuce nine times.