Team Canada contested their final round robin tie against Paraguay on Thursday at the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Americas Zone Group I event in Metepec, Mexico.
Both teams were undefeated heading into the tie and a place in Saturday’s final was on the line. Canada earned that spot thanks to a 3-0 win over Paraguay. Katherine Sebov (Toronto, ON), who made her Fed Cup debut on Wednesday, was once again chosen to be the no. 2 singles player by captain Sylvain Bruneau. The 18-year-old comfortably secured the first point for her team following a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Montserrat Gonzalez.
Sixteeen-year-old Bianca Vanessa Andreescu (Mississauga, ON), ranked no. 293 in the world, booked Canada’s place in the final on the strength of an impressive 6-1, 6-1 triumph over world no. 125 Veronica Cepede Royg in just 46 minutes. She completed the sweep alongside Charlotte Robillard-Millette (Blainville, QC) in doubles. The pair defeated Cepede Royg and Camila Giangreco Campiz 6-0, 6-4.
“The girls played a high level of tennis today,” said Sylvain Bruneau. “It was a difficult challenge against players who are both higher ranked and more experienced. We are now preparing for the final. Regardless of our opponent we know that it won’t be easy, but we will be ready.”
Canada will now get a day off before facing the team that finishes atop Pool B, composed of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico, in the final. The winner of that tie will earn a place in the World Group II playoffs in April.