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Venus Williams excited for return

Updated: February 1, 2012, 3:55 PM ET
Associated Press

WORCESTER, Mass. -- Recovery never comes fast enough for Venus Williams.

The latest has been especially slow for Williams, who plans to return this weekend in the Fed Cup matches against Belarus after a five-month layoff caused by Sjogren's Syndrome, an autoimmune disease that can cause fatigue and joint pain.

Williams practiced with the U.S. team Wednesday morning and said she's thrilled to be so close to competing again for the first time since the opening round of the U.S. Open.

"I ...

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