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Tennis Canada – Canadians advance to the World Group II playoffs in April

Montreal, February 11, 2017 – After finishing atop Group A at the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Americas Zone Group I event, Canada contested the final against Chile on Saturday in Metepec, Mexico.

Canada remained undefeated in the competition and were crowned champions following a 2-0 triumph over Chile. Fed Cup rookie Katherine Sebov (Toronto, ON) won her third straight singles match of the week 6-2, 6-2 over Barbara Galtican in 59 minutes to give her country a 1-0 lead. Bianca Vanessa Andreescu (Mississauga, ON) sealed the deal for Canada thanks to a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Daniela Seguel 6-1, 6-3. This week, Andreescu went undefeated in her Fed Cup debut, winning four singles matches and two more in doubles.

“The risk to go with a young team paid off,” said Sylvain Bruneau, captain of the Canadian Fed Cup team. “The girls really outdid themselves and honestly, they played even better than I expected. They were impeccable all week.”

On Friday, sixteen-year-old Andreescu was named the first recipient of the Rene Simpson-Collins Excellence Award, given to an outstanding female junior player that exhibits the same important values and traits of the award’s namesake. The annual honour, named in memory of the former player, coach, and Fed Cup captain, will present Andreescu with a $2,000 scholarship to help offset costs related to her training and development.

By winning the Americas Zone Group I event, Canada advances to the World Group II playoffs in April. The team will find out its opponent and the location of the tie on Tuesday when the official draw takes place. 

About Fed Cup by BNP Paribas
Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 107 nations entered in 2017. The competition is 54 years old having been founded in 1963. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the 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, www.fedcup.com/es, www.twitter.com/fedcup, https://www.facebook.com/FedCup and www.Weibo.com/fedcupofficial

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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