Fed Cup draw set for Canada and Slovak Republic this weekend

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April 18, 2014, Quebec City, QC (ISN) – The official draw for the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group I play-off tie between Canada and Slovak Republic took place Friday in Quebec City, Quebec. The tie will be contested on an indoor hard court at PEPS on the campus of Laval University in Quebec City.

The Canadian Fed Cup squad consisting of Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, Quebec), Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa), Sharon Fichman (Toronto) and Aleksandra Wozniak (Blainville, Quebec), will battle with Slovak Republic in two singles matches on Saturday and two reverse singles matches on Sunday with a potential deciding doubles match to follow. Canadian Fed Cup team captain Sylvain Bruneau will be at the helm this weekend.  
 
Bruneau selected world No. 18 Bouchard and world No. 157 Wozniak as the two singles players for Canada while Slovak captain Matej Liptak nominated No. 52 Jana Cepelova and No.137 Kristina Kucova. The doubles teams will be Sharon Fichman and Gabriela Dabrowski for Canada, No. 56 and 59 in the doubles rankings respectively, and No. 47 Janette Huscova and Cepelova for the Slovaks.
 
Today’s draw produced the following weekend match-ups:
 

Event

Representing Canada

Representing Slovak Republic

1st Singles Rubber,
Saturday, April 19,
3:00 p.m. ET

 Aleksandra Wozniak

 Jana Cepelova

2nd Singles Rubber,
Saturday, April 19

Eugenie Bouchard
 

Kristina Kucova

3rd Singles Rubber
Sunday, April 20,
1: 00 p.m. ET

 Eugenie Bouchard

 Jana Cepelova

4th Singles Rubber,
Sunday, April 20

Aleksandra Wozniak

Kristina Kucova

Doubles Rubber
Sunday, April 20

Sharon Fichman/
Gabriela Dabrowski

Janette Huscova/
Kristina Kucova

 
“These are going to be tough and competitive matches even though they are missing Cibulkova and other players,” said Bruneau. “They are still very strong. They have young players who are excited to have this opportunity. We can’t take anything for granted. The outcome of the tie will be decided on the court, not on paper.”
 
Canada is currently ranked No. 11 on the ITF Fed Cup rankings while the Slovak Republic is at No. 7. Slovak Republic owns a 1-0 record against Canada in Fed Cup play with the only other meeting between the two countries being in Bratislava in 1997 where Canada fell 5-0 to the hosts.
 
The winner of this tie will advance to the World Group I for 2015. Only the top eight countries in the world qualify for the World Group and have the ability to play for the Fed Cup championship. The losing nation will compete in World Group II next year.

The matches will be broadcast live on both Sportsnet and TVA Sports. Live scoring can be found on tenniscanada.com.

 

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