Gabriela Dabrowski and Rebecca Marino high five.

Photo : Martin Sidorjak

It is no secret that Canada is becoming a tennis powerhouse. But occasions like the Billie Jean King Cup serve as further opportunities to drive the point home.

On day one of the inaugural Billie Jean King Cup Finals, Team Canada presented by Sobeys, despite being short-handed, made a statement with an upset win over France.

Canada was the major underdog in the tie against the defending champions, but they started out on the right foot courtesy of Francoise Abanda.

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Rubber number two was high quality, but did not quite go the way Canadian fans were hoping.

But worry not. Rebecca Marino was not about to wallow in sorrow after her singles defeat, and Gabriela Dabrowski was ready to put on a clinic.

And Canadian fans were pretty happy about the result.

Canada will look to book their place in the semi-finals with a win over the Russian Tennis Federation on Tuesday.