Venus Williams of the United States returns a shot during the women's singles tennis match against Paula Ormaechea of Argentina, at the Fed Cup World Group II first Round in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. The winner advances to the World
Rodrigo Abd
February 07, 2015

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) The Williams sisters gave the United States a 2-0 lead over Argentina in their Fed Cup World Group II tie on Saturday.

Venus defeated Paula Ormaechea 6-3, 6-2, in the first match, and Serena, the newly crowned Australian Open champion, won over Maria Irigoyen 7-5, 6-0.

Serena can clinch the first-round tie on Sunday, in the first reverse singles against Ormaechea.

That should put the U.S. in the playoffs in April, for a chance to return to the World Group next year.

Argentina's only possible advantage was the clay surface, which is never a favorite of the Americans. The Williams sisters own 56 Grand Slam singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles. Ormaechea is world ranked No. 121, and Irigoyen No. 197.

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