As we prepare for the upcoming World Group II first-round tie between Canada and the Netherlands, let’s look back at the last time these two teams met.
The two nations have met a total of six times previously, but their last encounter dates back to 1987. It was a rather young Canadian squad who suited up for Canada for the World Group First Round tie in July. Playing at the Hollyburn Country Club in Vancouver, Helen Kelesi, Carling Bassett and Jill Hetherington were nominated to the Canadian squad. They took on the Dutch team composed of Marianne Van Der Toore and Marcella Mesker.
After Kelesi cruised through the first rubber 6-4, 6-2, Bassett got in a tightly disputed match against Mesker. The Canadian dropped the opening set, but stormed back in the second and ran away with the match in the decider by a score of 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. Bassett then paired up with Hetherington for the doubles rubber. The duo clinched the tie with a 6-4, 6-2 victory.
With their victory over the Netherlands, the Canadian team moved on to the second round where they defeated the USSR by a score of 2-1. They would eventually fall in their quarter-final tie against a strong team from Czechoslovakia, the defending champions from the year before. This deep run at the Fed Cup would be a stepping stone for the Canadian team who would go all the way to the semi-finals in 1988, their best performance in history.
(Feature photo: Mauricio Paiz)