Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada to Compete in Playoff Tie after Falling to Belarus at Fed Cup

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada to Compete in Playoff Tie after Falling to Belarus at Fed Cup

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Canada falls to Belarus 3-2 at Fed Cup

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QUEBEC CITY, Que. - Canada will have to compete in a playoff tie to avoid relegation from World Group II after falling 3-2 to Belarus in the first round of the Fed Cup on Sunday.

Olga Govortsova and Aliaksandra Sasnovich came away with a 6-2, 6-4 triumph in double's play over Ottawa's Gabriela Dabrowski and Carol Zhao of Richmond Hill, Ont., to seal the victory for Belarus.

"We were very competitive," said Canadian team captain Sylvain Bruneau. "I couldn't have asked for much more from the girls... It came down to the decisive match and (Belarus) played better doubles today."

Entering the day tied 1-1, Montreal's Francoise Abanda put Canada ahead with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Govortsova, but Sasnovich forced the fifth and deciding match with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Aleksandra Wozniak of Blainville, Que.

Govortsova and Sasnovich, who was a replacement for the originally nominated Vera Lapko, showed their experience in the deciding doubles rubber -- combined they have played 41 Fed Cup ties to Dabrowski and Zhao's eight. …

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