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Bianca Andreescu won its first title in the WTA tour the last weekend in Newport Beach.
Heidi El Tabakh can be considered lucky for his first dam as a captain of the canadian team at Fed Cup.
The recent emergence of Bianca Andreescu allows him to rely on a real player no. 1 singles for the world Group play-offs II in the face of the netherlands. In addition, El Tabakh will not have to worry about finding a player to compete with the ninth racket world Kiki Bertens, who was not selected by the camp Dutch.
Andreescu has won a first title in the WTA tour the last weekend in Newport Beach, crowning a months exceptional in the course of which it passed from the 152nd to the 68th global level. She will be headlining a training which will also include Rebecca Marino, 218th in the world, Françoise Abanda, 219th, and Gabriela Dabrowski, 10th in the world in doubles.
“We rely on a lot of good players now and I’m confident for the dam,” said Andreescu.
Arantxa Rus, 128th, Richel Hogenkamp, 150th, Bibiane Schoofs, 163e, and Demi Schuurs, 7th in doubles, will be the representatives of the netherlands during the dam, which will take place on 9 and 10 February, coming on the clay courts, ‘ s-hertogenbosch, the netherlands.
Bertens, who has seven titles in the WTA tour singles to her name, announced last fall that it was going to jump off this dam of the Fed Cup in order to participate in the tournaments in Doha and Dubai.
For its part, the canadian team will be deprived of Eugenie Bouchard, 76th in the world. In a statement, Tennis Canada noted that Bouchard was focused on his goal of re-entering the top-50 in the world rankings.
“It focuses on this objective, and we respect his decision, said the federation in an email. We also know that Genie has represented his country with pride over the past eight years, winning the Heart Award for his key role in the dam of Canada in the Fed Cup last April. It will almost certainly continue to be a key part of our team over the years to come. “
Andreescu, who is a native of Mississauga, Ontario, is on a roll since she has eliminated the ex-our 1 world Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams en route to the final of the tournament of Auckand, New Zealand. It presents a record of 16-2 this season.
“Even if she is older than 18 years of age, she has a lot of experience, recalled the president and ceo of Tennis Canada, Michael Downey. She loves to play for his country and participate in the Fed Cup. […] She has already played a lot this season, but she is on leave this week and early next week. “
“We hope that this leave will be beneficial and that it will be ready for the competition. “
The draw for the dam in the best-of-five matches will take place on 8 February. Two singles will be presented on 9 February. The simple, reversed and double will follow on February 10.
“Our team is composed of players who distinguish themselves on the international scene for the past few years. They have gained a lot of experience and look forward to the challenge that awaits them, said El Tabakh, in a press release. We know that the Dutch are formidable opponents, but we are eager to have the opportunity to measure ourselves to some of the best players in the world. “
The netherlands occupy the 10th place in the ranking of the Fed Cup and the Canada, in 17th place.
El Tabakh has inherited the responsibilities of the captain of the hands of Sylvain Bruneau last year. The Toronto-based 32-year-old has played on the pro circuit for 14 years before hanging up his racket in 2016.
“I know she is engaged and that the players believe in it, and this is very important, says Downey. We have chosen in particular because of the relationships she has with the players and the credibility that it has in their eyes. They will work not only to earn but also to help their captain. “
Bruneau is now focusing on his role as a coach with the women’s programme national and Andreescu, who is in his eighth dam in the Fed Cup.
Andreescu has a record of 5-3 in singles and 3-0 in doubles, while Abanda, of Montreal, has a record of 5-5 in five dams.
Marino, of Vancouver, has made a return on the professional circuit in 2018, after a hiatus of five years. She will participate in the Fed Cup for the first time since 2011. She has a record of 2-3 in two dams.
Dabrowski, of Ottawa, presents a record of 6-8 in 11 dams. She won the French open mixed doubles in 2017 and the Australian open mixed doubles in 2018.
Andreescu and Dabrowski won the double decisive last April in the face of the Ukraine to allow Canada to play in the world Group II this season.