February 9, 2014, Montreal (ISN) – Canada advanced to the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group I play-offs for the first time since 2004 on Sunday after defeating Serbia 3-1 at the Claude-Robillard Sports Complex in Montreal.
After winning both matches on Saturday, Canada’s clinching third point came courtesy of Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, QC) who defeated Vesna Dolonc 6-0, 6-3. The 19-year-old world no. 19 won 20 of the 24 games she played this weekend in one of the most dominant Canadian Fed Cup performances ever. Bouchard now holds a 9-2 Fed Cup record.
“I played two solid matches this weekend and I am happy that I was able to help the team win”, Bouchard said after her victory. “I love playing for my country, I am very patriotic. Now we are focused on getting ready for April.”
Jovana Jaksic and Nina Stojanovic won the doubles rubber 2-6, 6-3, 10-8 over Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa, ON) and Sharon Fichman (Toronto, ON).
“We are doing good things in Fed Cup because everyone is working together”, said Canadian Fed Cup captain Sylvain Bruneau. “We are very motivated to get to World Group I with the eight best countries in the world. That’s where we want to be, that’s our goal. When we win, our fans win too and I am happy that we were able to share this victory with them.”
The World Group I play-offs will be contested on April 19 and 20, 2014. The draw to determine Canada’s opponent for the play-offs will be held on Tuesday February 11 in London. A win in April would propel Canada to be among the top eight nations in the world for the first time since 1994.