World No. 21 Leylah Fernandez has confirmed she will lead Canada when they face Latvia in a Billie Jean King Cup qualifying tie. Fernandez will be joined by Rebecca Marino, Gabriela Dabrowski, Francoise Amands and Carol Zhao as Canada will battle Latvia in Vancouver, from April 15-16.
“I’m really excited to be playing at this year’s Billie Jean King Cup Qualifiers,” Fernandez said, per Tennis Canada. “I always have so much fun playing at these ties and I’m excited to finally be able to do it on home soil.
Wearing the Canadian colours on court is always an honour and I can’t wait to do it in front of a Canadian crowd”.
Canada BJK Cup team hoping Fernandez leads them to victory
Latvia also has some quality on its side as they will likely be led by world No.
12 Jelena Ostapenko. “We are thrilled to be playing in Canada for our tie against Latvia,” said Canada captain Heidi El Tabakh. “It will be the first home tie for some of the girls on the team, including myself.
We are really pleased with the team we were able to put together, and are confident that Leylah, Gabriela, Rebecca, Françoise, and Carol will give it all they’ve got to secure the win for Canada and qualify for the Billie Jean King Cup Finals”.
Fernandez skipped last year's Billie Jean King Cup Finals but she is set to return to the Canadian team for their upcoming qualifying tie. The Canadians have the full belief that Fernandez and the rest of the team will deliver against Latvia.
“The athletes competing in the Billie Jean King Cup are brimming with talent. They are elite competitors and are passionate. Canadians can’t wait to see them perform,” said the Honourable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec.
“These athletes are an immense source of pride. They inspire us all, youth in particular, to live a more active life. Our government wishes all the participants the best of luck”.