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Stephens will open for U.S. in Fed Cup playoff
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Sloane Stephens will be first up for the United States when it battles visiting France this weekend in a best-of-five Fed Cup World Group playoff.
The world No. 17 Stephens will be opposed by 20-year-old Caroline Garcia in Saturday's opening singles match on an indoor hardcourt at Chaifetz Arena on the campus of Saint Louis University. Stephens-Garcia will be followed by a rubber between American Madison Keys and last week's Katowice, Poland, champion Alize Cornet.
On Sunday in St. Louis, reverse singles bouts will pit the 21-year-old Stephens against Cornet and Keys versus Garcia, while a doubles match tentatively pits an American tandem of Christina McHale and Lauren Davis against a French pairing of Virginie Razzano and Claire Feuerstein.
Team USA is captained by Mary Joe Fernandez, while France is piloted by former world No. 1 star Amelie Mauresmo.
The 17-time Fed Cup champion Americans are 11-1 all-time versus the two-time titlist French, including a 4-1 win in their last meeting four years ago in France. The lone French win in the series came in the 2003 final, with Mauresmo leading the way that year.
This week's winner will rejoin the Fed Cup World Group next year.
04/18 13:29:58 ET