Serena Williams: Venus 'coming along awesome'

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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- Serena Williams says her sister Venus will be ready for this weekend's Fed Cup matches against Belarus.

Serena says Venus has been training every day, and is "coming along awesome."

The sisters are teammates on the U.S. team that will face Belarus and new world No. 1 Victoria Azarenkain, the Australian Open champion.

Serena says it's fun being able to play team events with her sister because they don't get to spend much time together.

It will be Venus Williams' first competitive appearance since the 2011 U.S. Open, when she revealed she had Sjogren's Syndrome. The autoimmune disease that can cause fatigue and joint pain.

The sisters did play in an exhibition in Colombia in November.