USA completes victory over Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina ( – Venus Williams defeated Maria
Irigoyen of Argentina on Sunday to advance the United States to the Fed Cup
playoffs in April.

Williams’ 6-1, 6-4 victory gave the United States an unassailable 3-1 lead in
the best-of-five World Group II tie.

Paula Ormaechea had kept the Argentines in the tie by defeating Coco
Vandeweghe 6-4, 6-4. Vandeweghe filled in for Serena Williams, who did not
play because of illness.

Venus and Serena gave the United States a 2-0 lead on Saturday, defeating
Ormaechea and Irigoyen.

The 17-time champion Americans must win another series in April to return to
the top group next year.