- Team Canada have made it to the semi-finals of the Billie Jean King Cup
- First time since 1988, that Canada has managed to reach the semi-finals
- Canada will play their semi-final on 11 Nov and face either Poland or Spain
Team Canada sent a strong team to take part in the 2023 Billie Jean King Cup featuring Marina Stakusic, Eugenie Bouchard, Leylah Fernandez & Rebecca Marino (pictured) which is currently taking place in Seville, Spain. Canada put on an impressive display in their opening challenge against hosts Spain and ran through them easily.
Canada Beats Poland For Semi-Final Berth
Team Canada’s next challenge was against Poland and it was made a little easier for Canada as Poland was without world number 1 Iga Swiatek who recently won the WTA Finals in Cancun, Mexico to reclaim her world number 1 spot.
Canada put on an impressive display against Poland as Leylah Fernandez and Marina Stakusic won their matches in the singles to give Canada a commanding position. Stakusic had a tough opening game against Magdalena Frech losing the first set but she came back strong to win the next two and take the match 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
The 18 year old who is the youngest player on Team Canada’s roster was thrilled with her performance. In an interview, she said
I’m feeling amazing. This week so far has been one of the most amazing experiences that I have had. I’m just so happy that I was able to fight today and find a way to pull it out and give Canada the lead.
Leylah Fernandez is continuing to make a name for herself and put in another strong performance beating Magda Linette in straight sets 6-2, 6-3. Her victory ensured a place in the semi-finals for Team Canada, something Canada hasn’t done since 1988. The Billie Jean King Cup was formerly known as the Federation Cup or the Fed Cup.
Canada Will Play Semi-Finals On Nov 11
Team Canada will play the winner of Group C round-robin finale which takes place on Nov 10. Hosts Spain will take on Poland to see who will qualify and play Team Canada in the semi-finals on Nov 11.
Spanish tennis fans are hoping to see their team make it through to the finals but they know it will be difficult as Poland has some good players even without Swiatek in the squad! Can Team Canada go all the way? Get the latest odds for the tournament with our selection of tennis bettors