USA’s place in the inaugural Fed Cup Finals is on the brink of being confirmed.
A Latvian side with their number one Jelena Ostapenko put up a good fight in Everett but the talent on hand for Kathys Rinaldi’s team so far has had too much for the away side.
Sofia Kenin began the evening for the home side and the Australian Open champion and new American number one took little time at all to give the hosts a lead.
Kenin stormed past Anastasia Sevastova 6-2 6-2 in just over an hour.
Next up for the home side was Serena Williams but she had a tough opponent in the away teams number one Jelena Ostapenko.
Coming into the match Serena had never lost a Fed Cup tie and this wasn’t going to change.
The former world number one was welcomed onto court with a deafening standing-ovation but she had to dig deep to give her country a lead which will take some catching on Day 2.
Two tie-breaks were required in just over 100 minutes of tennis as Serena extended her winning run in Fed Cup singles matches to 14 wins and 0 defeats.
Sofia Kenin is to kick of proceedings once again on Saturday against Jelena Ostapenko knowing a win will send USA to the Fed Cup Finals in April.