Sports Canada loses both singles matches against Romania at Fed Cup

19:56  10 february  2018
19:56  10 february  2018 Source:   Sportsnet

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Canadian Fed Cup tennis player Sharon Fichman of Toronto and her doubles partner Gabriela Dabrowski of Ottawa knew before their doubles match against Romania that Canada had lost the World Group best-of-five tie (competition) to the Romanians 3-1 and that any victory would be hollow.

Canada 's Eugenie Bouchard fell in straight sets on Saturday at its Fed Cup tie against Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru to tie the World Group playoff at a match apiece. Bouchard, of Westmount, Que., lost 6-4, 6-4 to Dulgheru in the second singles match of the day.

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CLUJ, Romania — Canada lost both its singles matches Saturday to go down 2-0 to Romania in their first-round World Group II Fed Cup tie.

Sorana Cirstea started the day with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Carol Zhao of Richmond Hill, Ont., and Irina-Camelia Begu followed with a 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 win over Mississauga, Ont., teenager Bianca Andreescu.

Andreescu, ranked 173rd on the WTA standings, rebounded from a first-set loss to take the second set by tiebreak. The 17-year-old won 2-of-3 break points throughout the two hour 38-minute match but made 32 forced errors and 38 unforced.

Begu, 27, is ranked 37th.

In the first match of the day, the 27-year-old Cirstea (No. 38 in the world), broke the 22-year-old Zhao (No. 138) five times and made just four forced errors to Zhao’s 14. The match lasted 54 minutes.

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Eugenie Bouchard lost in singles competition for the second time in as many days as Romania defeated Canada in a Fed Cup World Group playoff tie. Canada relegated to World Group II division. The Canadian Press · April 20, 2015.

Canada 's Eugenie Bouchard reacts during her Fed Cup tennis match against Romania 's Andreea Mitu in Montreal, Sunday, April 19, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes.

Zhao will play Begu in the third rubber on Sunday. Andreescu will play Cirstea later in the day.

The fifth rubber, also scheduled for Sunday, is a doubles match featuring Australian Open mixed doubles champion Gabriela Dabrowski of Ottawa and partner Katherine Sebov against Ana Bogdan and Ioana Olaru.

Dabrowski, 25, is ranked 11th in doubles. She won the Australian Open mixed doubles title last month with Croatian partner Mate Pavic. Dabrowski also won the French Open mixed doubles championship last year, becoming the first Canadian woman to win a Grand Slam.

Canada and Romania have played each other twice in Fed Cup before, with the Romanians winning both ties — in 1983 and 2015.

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