Teenager Madison Brengle and former South African player Liezel Huber could appear for the star-deprived U.S. team in the Fed Cup semifinals against Russia.
Brengle, an 18-year-old right-hander from Dover, Del., was one of the four players chosen Wednesday to represent the Americans next weekend in the best-of-five series.
Huber, Vania King and Ahsha Rolle also were chosen to face Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anna Chakvetadze, Dinara Safina and Elena Vesnina on indoor clay in Moscow.
Huber, the No. 1 doubles player in the world, spent four years on the South African Fed Cup team. She became a U.S. citizen last July and will be making her debut for the American squad.
Previous U.S. teams have included Serena and Venus Williams, as well as Lindsay Davenport
Seventh-ranked Venus Williams pulled out of the Fed Cup last week because she's dealing with a medical issue. The six-time Grand Slam champion said she hopes to be back as soon as possible, and wants to play at next month's French Open.
Serena Williams also said she would skip the Fed Cup, but the Americans were still expected to have former top-ranked player Davenport on the team. However, on Saturday, she withdrew from the semifinals of the Bausch & Lomb Championships with a fever.
"This is a great opportunity for some fresh, new faces to gain experience with the guidance of a respected veteran like Liezel," U.S. Fed Cup captain Zina Garrison said. "Vania, Ahsha and Madison have a bright future and represent the next generation of Fed Cup competition."
In the other semifinal series, China will host Spain on indoor hard courts in Beijing.
Brengle is ranked 253rd by the WTA, and lost to Rolle in the first round of last month's Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, Calif. In January, Brengle lost in the first round at the Australian Open. In the girls tournament, she reached the third round.
Last year, Brengle earned her only main-draw win on the WTA Tour when she beat Flavia Pennetta of Italy in the first round of the East West Bank Classic in Carson, Calif.
She also lost in the first round of the Australian Open and the U.S. Open in 2007.
Kuznetsova, who won the 2004 U.S. Open, was named to Russia's team instead of Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova.
Russia captain Shamil Tarpishchev has said the decision was made together with both Kuznetsova and Sharapova, who have decided to share time on the team.
Sharapova made her Fed Cup debut in the first round against Israel in February.
China will be represented by Peng Shuai, Zheng Jie, Yan Zi and Sun Tian-Tian, while Spain uses Nuria Llagostera Vives, Carla Suarez-Navarro, Maria-Jose Martinez Sanchez and Arantxa Parra-Santonja.
China will be playing in the Fed Cup semifinals for the first time.
In the World Group playoffs, it's: Italy vs. Ukraine; Japan vs. France; Argentina vs. Germany; and Israel vs. Czech Republic.
Two-time Grand Slam champion Amelie Mauresmo was named to lead France.
(This version CORRECTS Brengle's age to 18)
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