Tennis Canada Unveils Fed Cup Team January 22, 2010
Dubois, Fichman, Pelletier and Wozniak to represent Canada at Americas Zone Group I matches in Paraguay
Tennis Canada announced Friday the names of the players slated to compete in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Americas Zone Group I matches to be held in Lambare, Paraguay from February 3-6, 2010.
Stéphanie Dubois (Laval, QC), Sharon Fichman (Toronto, ON), Marie-Ève Pelletier (Repentigny, QC) and Aleksandra Wozniak (Blainville, QC) were chosen to represent the nation by team captain Rene Collins.
“The players we have assembled have a lot of experience on the international scene and are ready for the challenge waiting for us in Paraguay,” commented Collins. “Our team is poised to take one more step towards a spot in World Group II.”
Member of the Miele Canadian Fed Cup team since 2004, Dubois has racked up 21 wins and eight losses. Currently ranked No. 103 on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Rankings, Dubois helped Canada earn a spot in a World Group II playoff against Belgium in April after going undefeated during the Americas Zone Group I event in Montreal last February.
Fichman, 19, has earned seven victories and one loss since she first represented Canada in Fed Cup play in 2005. She sits at No. 122 in the world and in 2009 showcased her repertoire of skills in doubles alongside Dubois during the zonal event at Uniprix Stadium.
A seven-year veteran of the team, Pelletier is making a return to the Miele Canadian Fed Cup squad as the top-ranked Canadian on the world doubles rankings at No. 67.
Wozniak boasts an impressive Fed Cup record of 28 wins and six losses. Her 22 triumphs in singles is a Canadian Fed Cup record while her 28 total victories is second only to Sonya Jeyaseelan who has 29. Just like Dubois, the World No. 34 won all four of her matches in Montreal to propel Canada inro a World Group II playoff against Belgium.
Canada dominated the zonal group matches on home soil in February and travelled to Belgium in April to contest a World Group II playoff against a formidable Belgian team that included World No. 16 Yanina Wickmayer. The Canadians came up just short, falling in the fifth and deciding doubles match which sent Canada back to Americas Zone Group I for 2010.
The Miele Canadian Fed Cup team will join Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Paraguay and Puerto Rico for this year’s zonal event to be played outdoors on clay in Lambare, Paraguay.
The participating nations will be divided into two groups of four teams. The winners of each group will then face off for the chance to take part in the World Group II qualifying round in April 2010 while the two lowest ranking teams will be sent to Group II of the Americas Zone in 2010.