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Navratilova to Put Unbeaten Fed Cup Tennis Record on Line for US - 2003-10-13

Martina Navratilova will put her unbeaten Fed Cup women's team tennis record on the line when she leads the United States against Belgium in the semifinals next month in Moscow.

Navratilova has not lost in 37 Fed Cup ties and was selected by U.S. captain Billy Jean King, along with Meghann Shaughnessy, Lisa Raymond and Alexandra Stevenson. Serena and Venus Williams, Lindsay Davenport and Jennifer Capriati are all ranked in the top six in the world, but will not take part because of a combination of injuries and conflicts with King.

The United States is playing its semifinal November 19 and 20 against a Belgian squad that will be without world number-one Kim Clijsters and second-ranked Justine Henin-Hardenne. Russia faces France in the other semifinal, while the title tie is set for November 22 and 23.

Navratilova, who will turn 47 on Saturday, is expected to play doubles. She has not played in the Fed Cup for eight years and will be the oldest ever to compete at the event.