U.S. near suprise ouster in Fed Cup

U.S. near suprise ouster in Fed Cup This first-round Fed Cup match between Austria and the United States at the Olde Providence Racquet Club was supposed to be an American blowout.

But after U.S. captain Billie Jean King kicked Jennifer Capriati off the team and Monica Seles was upset Saturday, the Americans are on the verge of elimination.

Austria’s Barbara Schwartz gave her team a 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 match Saturday by beating Seles 7-6 (9-7), 6-2. Austria began the day with a 1-0 forfeit lead, because Capriati was taken off the U.S. team for a rules violation after the pairings had been announced Friday.