Drawing to play the host nation in the opening match of a tournament is never an easy task, but both the Canadian Junior Fed Cup and Davis Cup teams managed to find success against Hungary in opening day action at the Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup finals.
Canada’s Junior Fed Cup team, comprised of Bianca Andreescu, Isabelle Boulais, and Layne Sleeth, rebounded after a shaky first rubber to come away with the overall win on Tuesday in Budapest. Canada defeated Hungary 2-1 in day one of Group B action.
Unionville, Ont.’s Layne Sleeth fell to Reka Zadori 7-5, 6-1 in the first singles rubber of the day. With the home crowd on their side, Hungary pulled ahead with the initial 1-0 lead. However, the hosts did not lead for long.
Bianca Andreescu, who is currently the No. 7 junior in the world, took to the court to face Fanni Gecsek in the second singles match. The Mississauga, Ont. resident tied things up after cruising to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over her Hungarian opponent.
Andreescu hit the courts again for the deciding doubles rubber with teammate Isabelle Boulais of Mississauga. The pair solved Gecsek and Adrienn Horvath 6-3, 6-2 to capture their first win of the tournament.
After the match, Boulais spoke about the special chemistry between the latest crop of Canadian juniors: “So far it’s been really good, the boys coming over here and cheering us on, we’re going to cheer them on,” she said to ITFTennis.com. “A lot of team spirit at the hotel.”
It was a sentiment that Canadian Junior Davis Cup newcomer, Nicaise Muamba, also agreed on. “I think we’re a pretty united team, we like a lot being with each other, we know each other pretty well. We’re always together, it helps us.”
It seems that their team bonding has been working so far. The junior boys also were victorious in the first day of action. Canada, the top-seeded team in the tournament and defending champions, beat Hungary’s squad 2-1 on Tuesday. Muamba, of Montreal, kicked things off against Peter Makk. Muamba fell just short in the singles rubber 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(1).
Up next, Félix Auger-Aliassime handed Hungary’s Daniel Khin a 6-1, 6-2 defeat before combining with Muamba for the third rubber. They topped Khin and Mate Voros 6-1, 6-4 to secure the win.
The Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas finals continue in Budapest on Wednesday and run until October 2. For full draws, updated results, and live scoring, visit itftennis.com/juniors.