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U.S. loses top stars for Fed Cup final

The Associated PressWHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Four of the top five U.S. women in the WTA rankings will skip the Fed Cup final against the Czech Republic, including both Williams sisters and Sloane Stephens.

Instead, the roster announced for the defending champions by captain Kathy Rinaldi on Wednesday includes No. 35 Danielle Collins, No. 48 Sofia Kenin and No. 63 Alison Riske in singles, along with Nicole Melichar, ranked 15th in doubles.

No. 15 Serena Williams, a 23-time major champion, No. 40 Venus Williams, who owns seven Grand Slam titles, and No. 6 Stephens, the 2017 U.S. Open champion and 2018 French Open runner-up, are all out.

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