Team Canada presented by Sobeys hosted Latvia last week in the Billie Jean King Cup playoffs.
The tie was held at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, BC. Canada, tThe winner of the tie will compete at the Billie Jean King Cup Finals in November.
Team Canada was led by world No. 21 Leylah Annie Fernandez, who competed in her fourth Billie Jean King Cup tie for Canada, but first at home. She was joined by the four women who represented Canada at the 2021 finals: Rebecca Marino, Gabriela Dabrowski, Francoise Abanda and Carol Zhao.
The tie’s format consisted of five best-of-three-sets matches, four singles and one doubles, taking place Friday and Saturday.
For more information on the tie, click here.
Day one of the Billie Jean King Cup playoff between Team Canada presented by Safeway and Latvia could not have gone much better for the home team as Leylah Annie Fernandez and Rebecca Marino both picked up singles victories to take a 2-0 lead.
Team Canada presented by Safeway is heading back to the Billie Jean King Cup Finals after Leylah Annie Fernandez put the Canadians ahead 3-0 in their playoff tie against Latvia with her second singles win.
The sweep was then completed when Gabriela Dabrowski and Carol Zhao won the doubles match in straight sets.
Who’s the jokester of the group? Best singer? Which shot would you take from one of your teammates? Get to know Team Canada!
Read Tom Tebbutt’s detailed analysis and recaps for both days of the competition!
Day one: Canada BJK Cup Team – Job one done.
Day two: Leylah is a drama destroyer
Listen to exclusive interviews with Team Canada presented by Sobeys members, by the Match Point Canada podcast!
With the Billie Jean King Cup coming to Vancouver, our partner National Bank made it possible for 50 young tennis players from Tennis BC to attend an official Team Canada practice as an initiative of the Women & Girls program. It was an opportunity for Rebecca Marino, Leylah Annie Fernandez, Gabriela Dabrowski and Carol Zhao to connect with the girls and inspire them to stay in the sport as long as possible. Seeing the stars they had in their eyes, we think it’s mission accomplished!
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Read more about how the event went here.