Cheered on by her younger sister Serena, who is poised to make her own comeback to the sport after a year away and the birth of her daughter, seven-time Grand Slam victor Venus made relatively light work of her 124th-ranked opponent to win 6-1, 6-4.
The United States beat Belarus last year for a record-extending 18th Fed Cup title, their first in 17 years, and are heavy favourites to beat the Netherlands.
The 36-year-old added of her future ambitions: "I have long-term goals obviously, but right now my main goal is just to stay in the moment".
'Maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: I absolutely want more Grand Slams, she told Vogue in an interview last month.
Williams said Friday she's unsure about how she will manage her schedule and whether she will play all three remaining Grand Slam events this year. "There is a sense of pride you have when you play for more than yourself". Sunday's scheduled singles matches have Venus Williams facing Hogerkamp and Vandeweghe taking on Rus. Every day, I get better and I get stronger.
It means the 23-time Grand Slam champion will not feature in today's opening two singles, where sister Venus Williams will face Aranxta Rus before Coco Vandweghe takes on Richel Hogenkamp.
Indian Defence Sector An Opportunity For UAE
In Dubai , Modi will address the Sixth World Government Summit, at which India has been extended "guest of honour" status. Never before has the Indian community in Oman been so excited about their prime minister's visits as it is now.
North Korea judged victor of diplomatic gold at Olympics
South Korean television showed its smiling president entering a reception room Saturday and shaking hands with the North Koreans. Communications director Jarrod Agen tweeted a laudatory review of Pence's evening: "VP stands and cheers for US athletes ".
"She's been out, becoming a new mom, and she's looking to get back into playing", Rinaldi said. "It's just great to be playing the game that I love - not really going for milestones, but then they happen".
Fans clamored for pictures during the match selection process, but it was 14-year-old Kennedi Green who got the chance to meet the Williams sisters up close and personal. "It's a totally new experience".
"She might go out a little less", Venus said before breaking into a grin.
Serena Williams acknowledged there have been "a lot of ups and downs" in her comeback as she mentioned "fighting against all odds to be out there and to be competing again".
Williams took part in an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi in December and had hoped to make her return to tournament action at last month's Australian Open, only to subsequently withdraw. Not only does it allow her to practice alongside a few different players, it also enables her coach and teammates to offer different perspectives on her progress.
Charges against Varela must be filed in Snohomish County Superior Court by February 23 for the case to move forward in the system. Court records say he told a friend that "she died having sex with me", and that he was having sex with her "to pass the time".
Let us thank and acknowledge the Dreamers for their courage, their optimism, their inspiration to make America more American. The country "can secure the border and if you're not a criminal, we should work on getting you into the country".
Earlier the deputy head of Iran's IRGC declined to comment on the reports , according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency . The Israeli army said the plane did not suffer a direct hit but was struck by shrapnel from a missile that blew up next to it.
Meanwhile, Turkish officials said the leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran will meet in Istanbul to discuss peace efforts for Syria. The Syrian government has ignored appeals by the Kurdish authorities to guard the Syrian border at Afrin.
Moon at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Saturday, in the highest-level contact between the two Koreas in years . Kim relayed the invitation through his only sister and trusted adviser, Kim Yo-jong, who met with Mr.
Passage is all but assured in the Senate , but House leadership faces a hard road in moving the budget bill through the chamber. However, the procedure can be bypassed with an agreement from all 100 senators - but Paul would not join the gang.
Most of the passengers were horse racing fans, as the bus was travelling on a special route for horse racing days. In 2008, a speeding bus careered out of control at a Sai Kung roundabout, leaving 18 people dead and 44 injured.
Kim Yo Jong, 30, is the first member of North Korea's ruling family to visit the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. But privately, officials said, Pence expressed concern to Moon about his more conciliatory tone toward North Korea.
In a Saturday Twitter post , the president said, "There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone". Saturday's tweet follows spousal abuse allegations against two Trump aides that roiled the White House over the past week.
2 seed in current NCAA Tournament field projection
Michigan State beat No. 3 Purdue at home on Saturday to win its eight straight game and move to 24-3 overall. Villanova was No. 1 in the East, Xavier tops in the Midwest Region and Purdue No. 1 in the West Region.
Mourinho: I'm the EPL's best-behaved manager
Then, when your team loses the ball, you have to go to the other box because I think this is the meaning of the phrase box-to-box. Mourinho , who today takes his team to Newcastle , recently admitted that neighbours City are in control of the Premier League.
Trump pushes for more Republicans in Congress
Conservative Republicans also have a problem with the bill, they see increased spending as fiscally irresponsible. Trump's comments came at a White House round table with law enforcement on Tuesday afternoon.
Ronaldo powers Real to win
Eibar's eighth victory in its last 12 matches lifted it into sixth place, which earns a Europa League berth. Manager Zinedine Zidane said he would apply the same plan of pressing high up the pitch against PSG .
Turkish Military Helicopter Shot Down In Syria
Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said the intensity of the bombardments targeting Eastern Ghouta began easing from Friday night. State-run news agency Anadolu said the incident happened in the southern border province of Hatay.