Recouping from a long match on Saturday, Bianca Andreescu wrapped up Canada’s Fed Cup tie on Sunday, beating Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 7-6(1), 6-4 in Montreal.
The win gave Canada a 3-1 advantage in the World Group II play-off, best-of-five series, moving the nation up a tier in Fed Cup – ITF’s premier women’s team competition.
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Kazakhstan was the heavy favourite coming into the tie, boasting for its singles matches a world number 31 in 22-year-old Putintseva and a no. 51 in Shvedova, who is 29. Canada countered with youngsters in 20-year-old Abanda (no. 186) and Andreescu, 16, ranked no. 188 in the world.
Experience though, finished second to youth this weekend at STADE IGA this weekend.
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A rocket of a start from Shvedova – quickly breaking then consolidating the two opening games – put Andreescu in a deficit early in the match, something she faced against Putintseva on Saturday, before forcing her opponent to a nearly three-hour duel that ultimately went Kazakhstan’s way.
Despite the rocky start, the Canadian managed to regroup, holding serve rest of the way in the first set and it paid off. Shvedova, suddenly struggling with her service game and returns, found herself facing three break points up 4-3. During the final rally of what turned out to be a crucial game, the Kazakh hit long and the set was even, soon heading to tiebreak.
With the set balanced, Andreescu got one minibreak to lead early 2-0. She then won two more with a clever lob, and then a ferocious forehand, on back-to-back points, on way to dominating the tiebreak 7-1 for a one set lead.
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The second set again saw Shvedova open up a two-game advantage, only for Andreescu to claw back fully with another heavy forehand winner, one of her 22 on the day.
In the business end of the set, Shvedova continued to have problems with Andreescu’s power, going down 5-4 on a break when run rugged by the Canadian’s well-placed shots. From there Andreescu served out the match and tie for Canada.
The two countries will still play a doubles match to finalize the points. The Canadian side will feature another youngster in 18-year-old Katherine Sebov, teaming up with doubles specialist Gabriela Dabrowski, who has moved up to no. 20 in the WTA rankings in the midst of a career year.