CANADA WILL FACE UKRAINE AT HOME IN FED CUP BY BNP PARIBAS

February 13, 2018

Tennis Canada - The World Group II playoffs will be played on April 21 and 22 in Canada

Montreal, February 13, 2018 – The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced Tuesday that Canada will face Ukraine in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II playoffs. The tie will be played in Canada on April 21 and 22, 2018. The location, the choice of surface, and the composition of both teams will be announced later.
 
“Our young team has worked hard this past year to get us back into World Group II, a place we hadn’t been since February 2016. Despite the loss to Romania this past weekend, our players were able to gain valuable Fed Cup experience,” said Sylvain Bruneau, captain of the Canadian Fed Cup team. “We will give it our all in this playoff tie to try to maintain our place among the world’s elite.”
 
In last weekend’s World Group II first round tie, the Canadian team of Carol Zhao (Richmond Hill, ON), Bianca Andreescu (Mississauga, ON), Katherine Sebov (Toronto, ON) and Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa, ON) fell to Romania by a score of 3-1.
 
Ukraine lost their World Group II first round tie against Australia by a score of 3-2. The team was composed of Marta Kostyuk, Lyudmyla Kichenok, Nadiia Kichenok and Dasha Lopatetskaya.
 
This will be the second meeting between Canada and Ukraine, with Canada winning their previous World Group II playoff in 2013 by a score of 3-2. Canada is currently ranked no. 18 on the Fed Cup rankings while Ukraine sits at no. 15.   
 
The winner of the tie will earn a spot in World Group II for 2019, while the losing nation will be relegated to the zonal group.
 
WORLD GROUP II PLAYOFF TIES
April 21-22, 2018

RUSSIA* vs. Latvia
SPAIN* vs. Paraguay
Canada vs. UKRAINE
Japan* vs. GREAT BRITAIN

The host nations are listed first, the seeded nations are in capitals.
*Host nations determined by lot.  
 
About Fed Cup
Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 98 nations entered in 2018. The competition is 55 years old, having been founded in 1963. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas (Official Bank of Fed Cup). Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) is an international sponsor, while beIN SPORTS is the Official Global Media Rights Partner. Follow all the action on www.fedcup.com and www.fedcup.com/es
 
About Tennis Canada
Founded in 1890, Tennis Canada is a non-profit, national sport association with a mission to lead the growth of tennis in Canada and a vision to become a world-leading tennis nation. We value teamwork, passion, integrity, innovation and excellence. Tennis Canada owns and operates the premier Rogers Cup presented by National Bank WTA and ATP World Tour events, 8 professional ITF sanctioned events and financially supports 15 other professional tournaments in Canada. Tennis Canada operates junior national training centres/programs in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Tennis Canada is a proud member of the International Tennis Federation, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the International Wheelchair Tennis Association, and serves to administer, sponsor and select the teams for Davis Cup, Fed Cup, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and all wheelchair, junior and senior national teams. Tennis Canada invests its surplus into tennis development. For more information on Tennis Canada please visit our Web site at: www.tenniscanada.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
 
 

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