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KoOlMaNsEaN
Apr 24th, 2002, 11:48 PM
Apr 24 SAN LUIS POTOSI, Mexico (CP) - Maureen Drake and Vanessa Webb won their doubles match Tuesday to cap a 3-0 Canadian victory over Puerto Rico on the opening day of the Fed Cup American Zone Group I round-robin.

Drake, from Toronto, started with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Mari Toro. Drake is ranked 112th on the Sanex WTA Tour, while Toro is unranked on the pro tour.

In the second match, Jana Nejedly, also from Toronto, downed Karmelina Rivera, 6-3, 6-1.

In doubles, Drake and fellow-Torontonian Webb dominated Rivera and Toro, 6-1, 6-0.

"We had a great training camp and are very well prepared," said team captain Rene Simpson, also from Toronto. "We're taking it one day at a time and we hope to get better every day.

"We still have our work cut out for us, but we're really looking forward to the challenge."

Canada next plays the Bahamas on Wednesday. Canada is the No. 1 seed in its pool, which also includes Mexico. The top two teams in each pool advance to a playoff round starting Saturday, with two winners advancing to a World Group playoffs July 21-22.

Fed Cup is the international team championship for women, which began in 1963. More than 100 countries now compete in the annual event. Canada is seeking to return to the World Group for the first time since 1994.

KoOlMaNsEaN
Apr 26th, 2002, 12:56 PM
Canada assured of spot in Fed Cup Playoffs
April 25, 2002

SAN LUIS POTOSI, Mexico (TC) – The Canadian Fed Cup team continues to roll in American Zone Group I action, defeating Mexico 3-0 on Thursday to finish in top spot in its pool and advance to Saturday’s playoff round.

In the first match of the day, Toronto’s Maureen Drake won her third straight match with a 7-6(4), 6-3 win over Melissa Torres, while Canada’s No.1 player Jana Nejedly of Naples, Fla., guaranteed a Canadian victory with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Jessica Fernandez. In doubles action, Drake and fellow Torontonian Vanessa Webb ousted Torres and Fernandez, 6-4, 7-5.

“This win feels really good because we were playing against the host country,” said Nejedly, who becomes the all-time leader in Fed Cup singles wins with 14. “Even though we were the better team on paper, we knew it would be tough to be up against Mexico in their own country. I think we were both nervous at first, but we managed to pull it off.”

Canada, who has yet to drop a set all week, finishes first in its pool and will join three other countries in Saturday’s playoff round. With the day off on Friday, the Canadian team awaits results from the Colombia/Brazil match-up to see who it will faces Saturday. The top two teams from the playoff round will advance to a World Group Playoffs July 21-22.