On paper, Team Canada will be the underdogs against Romania in their Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II tie this weekend in Cluj-Napoca, but they are more than up for the challenge.
“We’re aware that we have a very strong opponent in front of us, playing at home, in front of a lot of people,” said Canadian Fed Cup captain Sylvain Bruneau. “We have a young team, it’s part of the process for them to become more accomplished players. I have to say they are very competitive and whoever is in front of them they will give their best on every point. We are trying to focus on what we can control: the level of effort, the preparation. We’ll play hard and see where it leads.”
One player who is especially looking forward to the weekend is Bianca Andreescu who will be playing in her parents’ native country for the first time. Her Mom and Dad will even be making the trip from Toronto for the tie.
“There’s a spot for sure in her heart for Romania, so she likes being here so it will be cool for her to get the chance to play here, it’s like her second home,” Bruneau said about Andreescu.
Although Andreescu won’t get the chance to play against her idol Simona Halep, who withdrew from the tie as she continues to recover from her run to the Australian Open final, the 17-year-old Canadian will be extra motivated to play in front of the world no. 2 for the first time after Halep confirmed she will be around all week to support her team.
#FedCup week is in full swing, as Team Romania meets the press! While @Simona_Halep won’t be playing this weekend, she was there to support (and snap pictures for) her team. pic.twitter.com/nEsI1AerMv
— Tennis Canada (@TennisCanada) February 7, 2018
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