The Canadian Fed Cup team opened the Fed Cup, Americas Zone Group I matches currently underway in Curitiba, Brazil with a 2-1 victory over Peru on the outdoor clay courts at the Graciosa Country Club on Wednesday.
Aleksandra Wozniak (Blainville, QC) opened the tie with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Patricia Ku, ranked no.572 on the WTA rankings, to give Canada the early lead. In the second match, Stéphanie Dubois (Laval, QC) erased a set and break deficit against Bianca Botto, ranked no. 297 in the world, to find herself one game away from victory at 5-3 in the third set. However, Botto fought back to win the final four games and post a 6-2, 6-7(1), 7-5 triumph to level the tie at 1-1. Wozniak and Marie-Ève Pelletier (Repentigny, QC) won the decisive doubles match 6-1, 6-0 over Ku and Katherine Miranda to give Canada the 2-1 win on the opening day of play.
Wozniak’s two wins bring her career Fed Cup victory total to 37, further adding to the Canadian Fed Cup record mark she established a few years ago. Pelletier posted her 23^rd career Fed Cup win and 15th in doubles.
Canada will face Argentina on Thursday and the Bahamas on Friday in the final two ties of round robin play. Canada holds a record of three wins and three losses against Argentina in Fed Cup play. The last time the two countries played was in 2010 at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal with Canada posting a 5-0 sweep to earn a spot in World Group II.
The nine participating nations in this year’s Americas Zone Group I event are divided into two groups. The winners of each group will then face off for the chance to take part in a World Group II playoff tie in April 2012 while the two lowest ranking teams will be sent to Group II of the Americas Zone in 2013.