The Canadian Fed Cup team lost their second tie at the Fed Cup, Americas Zone Group I event currently underway in Curitiba, Brazil, falling 3-0 to Argentina on the
outdoor clay courts at the Graciosa Country Club on Thursday.
Aleksandra Wozniak (Blainville, QC) opened the tie with a 7-5, 6-4 loss to 19-year-old Paula Ormaechea, ranked a career-best no. 139 on the WTA rankings after qualifying for the main draw at the Australian Open and reaching the second round. It was up to Stéphanie Dubois (Laval, QC) to keep Canada alive in the tie and she came up short, falling 6-2, 6-2 to Florencia Molinero, ranked no. 184 in the world. Mailen Auroux and Maria Irigoyen defeated Sharon Fichman (Toronto, ON) and Marie-Ève Pelletier (Repentigny, QC) 6-0, 6-3 in the doubles match to complete the Argentine sweep.
Canada will face the Bahamas on Friday in their final round robin tie. In order for Canada to have a chance to finish first in their group and play for a spot in the World Group II playoffs in April, they must beat the Bahamas and have Peru defeat Argentina. If that were to happen, a tiebreaker method would be used by the ITF to determine which team would finish first in the group. Should that scenario not happen, Canada will remain in the Americas Zone Group I for 2013 and not play any additional Fed Cup ties during the 2012 season.