Canada continued to soak up the sun and the wins as Day 2 of the North/Central America & Caribbean Qualifying event for the Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup wrapped up in Florida.
Friday’s results brought more success for Canada’s Junior Fed Cup team as it cruised to a second straight 3-0 victory in Boca Raton. Team Mexico was the U16 Canadian girls’ latest challenge of the qualifying event.
Layne Sleeth won the first rubber of the day. She took down Mexico’s Katia De La Garza 6-0, 6-1 before Isabelle Boulais followed suit with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Renata Lombera that lasted one hour.
Boulais then hit the court again to partner up with Sasha Vagramov for the doubles rubber against De La Garza and Dyane Lombera. The Canadians held on despite dropping their first set of the tournament and came out on top 6-4, 4-6, 10-6.
The Canadian duo was warmed up after Thursday’s defeat of Puerto Rico’s Julieanne Bou and Daniela Latoni. The opening day action also saw Canada’s Vagramov top Erika Barquero 6-1, 6-0 and Sleeth defeat Bou in a speedy 6-1, 6-1 win.
Canada now sits tied atop the group alongside the also-undefeated Team USA. Both countries have now earned their spots in the Junior Fed Cup finals in September, but will face off on Saturday for first place in qualifying.
The Junior Davis Cup team remains unbeaten in the Sunshine State as well. Nicaise Muamba defeated Mexico’s Patricio Nieto 6-0, 6-1 in a match that took just under an hour for the Canadian to solve. In the second singles rubber of the day, Felix Auger-Aliassime won 6-2, 6-2 over Guillermo Castaneda. The doubles rubber featured Muamba and Auger-Aliassime teaming up versus Isaac Arturo Arevalo and Castaneda. Canada won 6-0, 6-3.
Thursday’s results saw Canada top Dominican Republic 3-0. Muamba opened by ousting Jasel Beltre 6-0, 6-1 before Auger-Aliassime outlasted Nick Hardt 6-4, 6-1. Canada’s Auger-Aliassime and Chi Chi Huang then defeated Dominican duo of Hardt and Luis Jager 6-4, 6-3.
In a similar position to their female counterparts, the Canadians will square off against their top rivals USA on Saturday for first place. The American squad also holds an undefeated record so far in the tournament.
Also attempting to earn spots in their respective main events are Canada’s U14 girls’ and boys’ teams, who hope to qualify for the World Junior Tennis finals in Czech Republic in August.
The U14 boys fell to Mexico 3-0. Alvin Tudorica battled hard but couldn’t close out Alan Kam, who topped Tudorica 6-0, 7-6(5), and Rafael De Alba secured victory for Mexico 6-4, 6-2 over Josh Lapadat. The two Canadians paired up for the doubles rubber against Mario Duron and Kam. Canada was defeated by Mexico 6-4, 6-2.
The disappointing tie comes after Canada won its first duel of the event over Guatemala 2-1. They will look to recover when they meet USA on Saturday.
The Canadian U14 girls are also 1-1 through the first two days. They bounced back on Friday to win their first tie of the tournament against Puerto Rico 3-0. Sarah-Maude Fortin defeated Maria Aguiar 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a close match before Ariana Arsenault beat Lauren Anzalotta 6-4, 6-4. Jada Bui and Arsenault took to the court for the doubles rubber against Aguiar and Anzalotta, and won 7-5, 6-1 for the sweep.
The wins come after a tough meeting with the hometown team on Thursday as Canada fell 3-0 to USA. American Alexa Noel defeated Bui 7-5, 6-3 in a gruelling match that took just under two hours and Whitney Osuigwe of USA beat Arsenault 6-0, 6-1. Bui and Fortin narrowly lost to the American pair of Naomi Cheong and Osuigwe in the doubles rubber 7-6(5), 6-2.
Currently in second place in their group, Canada’s U14 girls are set to face Mexico on Saturday in their final qualifying tie.
To follow along with the draws and results of the Canadian juniors in Florida, please visit the ITF Juniors website.