February 8, 2014, Montreal (ISN) – Canada is off to great start in their Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II first round tie against Serbia at the Claude-Robillard Sports Complex in Montreal.
The home team leads 2-0 after the opening singles matches thanks to pair of wins for Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, QC) and Aleksandra Wozniak (Blainville, QC). Wozniak opened the tie with a tough 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 win over Serbia’s no. 1 player this weekend, Vesna Dolonc, ranked no. 117 in the world.
Wozniak found herself down 1-5 in the first set before winning seven games in a row to take the opening set. Dolonc found her consistency in the second frame to force a third. In the final set, Wozniak broke serve in the sixth game to grab a 5-2 lead. She broke Dolonc at 5-4 to secure her first victory of 2014. The match featured many long rallies and Wozniak was able finish many points at net with a solid volley game. The 26-year-old gets the 38th Fed Cup win of her career which is a Canadian record.
“It was an emotional win for me. I wanted so badly to get back on the Fed Cup team,” Wozniak said after the match. “It was a tough match with a lot of long points, so I had to stay focused. The crowd was amazing and really helped me get through. It’s special to play at home.”
Bouchard, playing her first match since reaching the Australian Open semifinals two weeks ago, made quick work of Jovana Jaksic 6-1, 6-0 in a dominant display from start to finish to give her team a commanding lead. The 19-year-old, ranked a career-high no. 19, will try and seal the tie for Canada on Sunday at 1 p.m. E.T against Dolonc. A win for Canada and they will advance to a World Group I play-off for the first time since 2004.
Live coverage of all matches can be seen on Sportsnet as well as one match per day on TVA Sports.
Live scoring and daily on-site blogs from respected tennis journalist Tom Tebbutt can be found at www.TennisCanada.com.
There are still a few tickets remaining to attend the tie. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-855-TENNIS-0 (1-855-836-6470) or online at www.tenniscanada.com/fedcup.