Fed Cup: Eugenie Bouchard to lead Canada against Ukraine

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Eugenie Bouchard will lead Canada’s women’s tennis team in a Fed Cup tie against Ukraine less than two weeks after she achieved her first top-100 ranking.

Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., Gabriela Dabrowski of Ottawa, Stephanie Dubois of Laval, Que., and Toronto’s Sharon Fichman were named to the team that will face Ukraine in a World Group II playoff tie in Kyiv, April 20-21.

The 19-year-old Bouchard made her Fed Cup debut in 2011 against Slovenia, winning her first singles match in an eventual 3-2 loss for Canada. She then won all four of her singles matches in the Americas Zone Group I event in Medellin, Colombia in February.

She reached her second WTA quarter-final last week in Charleston and moved up 19 points to 95 in the world rankings.

Canada won all four of their ties in Colombia to finish first at the event and earn a spot in the World Group II playoffs. The winner of the best-of-five tie between Canada and Ukraine will be one of eight teams to qualify for World Group II in 2014.

Canada last competed in World Group II in 2011.

“This is the same team that led us to victory in Colombia and I am confident that they will be up to the challenge once again in Ukraine,” captain Sylvain Bruneau said in a statement. “The girls are very motivated to get Canada back into World Group II for 2014.”

Dabrowski made her Fed Cup debut in Colombia winning all three of her doubles matches, including the decisive third rubber with Fichman in the final against Brazil which qualified Canada for a World Group II playoff.

Dubois will make her 24th Fed Cup tie appearance. The 26-year-old has maintained a 23-10 record since making her debut in 2004.

Fichman has earned 20 victories and just six losses since making her Fed Cup debut in 2005. She earned five wins in singles and doubles in Colombia, earning a nomination for the Fed Cup Heart Award.

Aleksandra Wozniak of Blainville, Que., Canada’s No. 1 singles player, is still recovering from a shoulder injury suffered last September and won’t play in Kyiv.

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