Canada secures Fed Cup Playoffs spot
PORTO SEGURO, Brazil (TC) - The Canadian Fed Cup team continues to roll in American Zone Group I action, defeating host country Brazil 2-1 Thursday to finish in the top spot in its pool and advance to Saturdays playoff round against El Salvador. Canada still has to play one more round robin match against Chile on Friday.
In the first match of the day, rookie Aleksandra Wozniak of Blainville, Que., won her third straight match with a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Carla Tiene, while Canadas No.1 player, Marie-Eve Pelletier of Repentigny, Que., guaranteed a Canadian victory with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Maria Fernanda Alves. In a meaningless doubles match, Tiene and Fernanda Alves stopped Stephanie Dubois of Laval, Que., and Melanie Marois of Ste-Foy, Que., 6-2, 6-2.
"Our girls played some solid tennis today the Brazilians are tough opponents," said team Captain Rene Simpson. "Were happy that we met our objective to finish first in the pool, now weve got to work on our second, which is to qualify for the World Group Playoff."
With the win, Canada secured a berth in this weekends play-off round. The top two teams from the play-off will advance to a World Group Playoff in July.