Canada now knows what to expect at the Billie Jean King Cup and it’s going to be tough

Canada’s women’s tennis squad will play in the same division with Spain and Poland, the world’s top nation Iga Swiatek, in the Billie Jean King Cup Finals, which will take place from November 7-12.

Wednesday’s draw in London divided the 12 participating teams into four sections: the Maple Leaf representatives will play in Seville, where the third seeds and favorites in Group C await them; The local team is betting particularly on Paula Badosa, who is ranked 29th on the international chessboard. As for the Poles, they can count on Swiatek and Magda Linette, the 21st racket on the WTA circuit.

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“We are participating in the Billie Jean King Cup finals for the third time in a row this year and we are very excited to be back,” Heidi El Tabakh, captain of the Canadian national team, said in a press release from the National Federation. Once again, we will be part of a very good group to start the competition. […] However, I am confident that we have all the strength to compete with the best countries in the world and look forward to proving it on the field soon.”

After the round robin, the four countries that finished first in their groups will qualify directly to the semi-finals. The winners of Groups A and C will compete for it; Section A consists of Switzerland, the Czech Republic, and the United States.

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Last month, Canada defeated Belgium 3-2 in a qualifying match, thanks in particular to my singles win for Leila Fernandez (51st).

Bianca Andreescu (41st), Rebecca Marino (79th), Kathryn Sepov (141st) and Carol Gao (177th) are the other Maple Leaf representatives in the WTA singles top 200 rankings.

Canada could also turn to Gabriela Dabrowski, the 18th racket in the world in doubles.

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