Boys oust Hong Kong 3-0 to remain undefeated; Girls clinch 2-1 victory over Great Britain in round-robin play
Toronto, September 30, 2015 – Both Canadian teams at the Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas finals remain at the top of their respective round-robin groups after capturing victories at La Caja Magica in Madrid on Wednesday. Canada’s Davis Cup team went 3-0 versus Hong Kong to bring its total record to 6-0 through two ties while the Fed Cup team won the deciding doubles against Great Britain to triumph 2-1 and bring its record to 5-1.
The boys of Canada’s Junior Davis Cup team were dominant in getting past Hong Kong, needing just three hours and five minutes of court time to complete their three victories. Denis Shapovalov started with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Ming Chun Alan Sou before Felix Auger-Aliassime sewed up the Canadian win with a 6-1, 6-3 victory opposite Ching Lam. In the doubles, Junior US Open champions Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov won their sixth match in a row together, posting a 6-2, 6-3 decision against Sou and Lam.
Canada, represented by Auger-Aliassime, Shapovalov, and Benjamin Sigouin, is now a perfect 6-0 through its first two ties in Madrid. The No. 1-seeded team, led by team captain Oded Jacob, will take on No. 7 seeds Czech Republic on Thursday in its final round-robin match-up. Czech Republic has won its opening two ties as well, meaning the winner will finish atop Group A and advance into the semifinals.
“The team is very united, we know each other very well and we have all been sharing the load in getting through the first two ties,” Shapovalov said. “We are taking it one day at a time, and tomorrow we will be playing the strong Czech team in a battle for first position in our group. We are doing everything within our capability to bring out the best in us.”
In Junior Fed Cup action, Bianca Andreescu posted a comeback in her 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-1 victory against Jodie Anna Burrage. Lasting three hours and 12 minutes, Andreescu saved seven match points in giving her team a 1-0 lead opposite Great Britain.
“Jodie played amazing tennis in the first two sets,” Andreescu said following her match. “I tried to stay focused the whole match and tried to never give up. I played point after point and it really helped. In the third set, my tempo was really high and hers was a bit lower than mine so I had the third set in my hand.”
Charlotte Robillard-Millette then faced off against Katie Swan in a match-up between the world’s No. 7 and No. 6-ranked junior girls. Swan was able to even up the tie by defeating Robillard-Millette 6-3, 7-5. In the deciding doubles, Andreescu and Robillard-Millette teamed up to beat Burrage and Swan 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 in another close match to earn the Canadians the victory.
The team, featuring Andreescu, Robillard-Millette, Vanessa Wong and team captain Ralph Platz, sits in first in Group B with one tie remaining versus second-place Japan who is 4-2. This match-up, to take place Thursday, will also see the winner earn a spot in the semifinals.
The Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the international tennis team competition for the under-16 age category. A total of 168 teams from 94 countries took part in regional qualifying in 2015, with the top 15 teams and host Spain making it to this week’s Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup finals. The finals are being played on clay at La Caja Magica, home of the combined ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and WTA Premier Mandatory Madrid Open.