Tennis Canada selects Fed Cup squad
Toronto (TC) - Tennis Canada announced Thursday the eight players named to the 2005 Fed Cup squad.
Nominated players include veteran Marie-Eve Pelletier of Repentigny, Stephanie Dubois of Laval, Aleksandra Wozniak of Blainville, Melanie Marois of Ste-Foy, Sharon Fichman of Toronto, Ekaterina Shulaeva of Oakville, Melanie Gloria of Montreal and Valerie Tetreault of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
Canadas Fed Cup team will begin its quest towards the prestigious World Group next month under the leadership of Captain Rene Simpson and coach Sylvain Bruneau. The duo will be at the helm as Canada competes in the Zonal Group 1 competition the week of April 19th at the Carrasco Lawn Tennis Club, Montevideo, Uruguay.
''We are in a fortunate situation where we have many young and talented players to draw from,'' said Simpson. ''We had great success in 2004 and we will look to build upon that as we move forward. Four players joining the team for the very first time, allows us to build a strong group that will be capable of competing for the next several years.''
Pelletier, 22, has been a member of the Fed Cup squad since 2002, posting an overall record of 11-8. The Repentigny native began the 2005 season on a strong note claiming the $50,000 Waikoloa, Hawaii and reaching a career high No. 122 on the WTA Tour singles rankings.
Dubois, 18, made her Fed Cup debut in April 2004 at the Americas Zone Group 1 qualifying in Brazil. The Laval native has made a successful transition from juniors, winning her second career ITF title in Rockford and reaching the quarterfinals of a $75,000 ITF event in Midland, Michigan. This week, Dubois reached a career high No. 171 in singles.
Wozniak, 17, also made her Fed Cup debut in 2004 at the Americas Zone Group 1 qualifying. She holds a perfect 6-0 in singles matches. Currently the No. 3 junior player in the world, the Blainville resident began her 2005 season with a bang winning a G1 event in Costa Rica and reaching the semifinals of the junior Australian Open in Melbourne.
Marois, who turns 21 today, was also a first-time Fed Cup member in 2004, posting a 3-1 doubles record. The Ste-Foy native, who boasts three career ITF singles titles, has reached the doubles finals of the ITF events in St Paul, Minneapolis and Miami, Florida as well as the doubles quarterfinals of an event in Great Britain so far this season.
Up and coming juniors, Fichman (14 years old), Tetrault (16 years old), Gloria and Shulaeva (17 years old) will be making their first appearance on the Fed Cup squad. They are ranked 3rd through 6th in Canada respectively.
Currently ranked 16th in the world, Canada will face Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, Paraguay, Puerto Rico and Uruguay to determine which two teams will be promoted to the 2004 World Group Play Offs in July.
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