Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens will lead the U.S. Fed Cup team against Poland next month — but Williams’ sister Serena is not on the roster.
The U.S. Tennis Association announced captain Mary Joe Fernandez’s picks Wednesday.
CoCo Vandeweghe and doubles specialist Bethanie Mattek-Sands are also on the team that will play Poland on Feb. 6-7 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
The Poland-U.S. winner will advance to the World Group playoffs for a chance to move back into the competition’s top tier in 2017.
Neither No. 1-ranked Serena Williams nor Poland’s top player, No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska — opponents in the Australian Open semifinals — will participate.
The highest-ranked player on Poland’s roster is No. 93 Magda Linette.
Venus Williams is ranked 10th, Stephens 26th and Vandeweghe 42nd.