Montreal, April 10, 2013 - Tennis Canada announced Wednesday the names of the players slated to compete in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II play-off tie between Canada and Ukraine indoors on clay at the Sport Club Meridian in Kiev, Ukraine from April 20-21, 2013.
Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, QC), Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa, ON), Stephanie Dubois (Laval, QC), and Sharon Fichman (Toronto, ON) have been named to the Miele Canadian Fed Cup team by captain Sylvain Bruneau.
“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,” said Bruneau. “The girls are very motivated to get Canada back into World Group II for 2014.”
Bouchard made her Fed Cup debut in 2011 against Slovenia in a World Group II play-off tie and won her first singles match in a 3-2 loss for Canada. In Colombia, she won all four of her singles matches without dropping a set. Last week, the 19-year-old reached her second WTA quarter-final in Charleston, a result that propelled her into the Top 100 on the WTA rankings for the first time at no. 95.
Dabrowski made her Canadian 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 play-off. The 21-year-old is a former junior Orange Bowl champion and has won five ITF doubles crowns in her career, including two last season. She is currently ranked a career-high no. 288 in singles and no. 122 in doubles.
Dubois is the veteran of this Canadian squad as she prepares to compete in the 24th Fed Cup tie of her career. The 26-year-old has maintained a 23-10 record since making her debut in 2004 with 15 of her victories coming on clay. Dubois sits at no. 149 on the WTA singles rankings.
Fichman, 22 years old, has earned 20 victories compared to just six losses since making her Fed Cup debut in 2005. She earned five wins in singles and doubles in Colombia, a performance that earned her a nomination for the prestigious Fed Cup Heart Award. Fichman is the first Canadian to be nominated for the honour. She currently sits at no. 125 in singles and no. 184 in doubles on the world rankings.
Still recovering from a shoulder injury she suffered last September, Aleksandra Wozniak (Blainville, QC), Canada’s no. 1 singles player, is not available to represent her country in Kiev.
In February, Canada won all four of their ties to finish first in the Americas Zone Group I event in Medellin, Colombia and earn a place in the World Group II play-offs against Ukraine. The winner of the best-of-five tie will be one of eight teams to qualify for World Group II in 2014. Canada last competed in World Group II in 2011.