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08 February 2014

Canada in control in Montreal


MATCH REPORT

By Sean Farrell

Photo: Arturo VelazquezEugenie Bouchard (CAN)

MONTREAL, CANADA: Eugenie Bouchard and Aleksandra Wozniak won their singles rubbers to give Canada a perfect 2-0 start to its Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II tie against Serbia on Saturday. Bouchard was dominant, if not quite perfect, in closing out an ideal opening day for Canada.

Bouchard, who reached the Australian Open semifinals, gave Canada its second win of the opening day when she breezed to a 61 60 victory over Jovana Jaksic, who made her Fed Cup debut.

"I could have won 0 and 0," Bouchard said. "I'm just happy with the way I played, for sure, it's a good start for me. It's my first match since the Australian [Open] so I'm happy to go in playing aggressive and I think I was able to kind of keep the momentum, even after winning the first set, 6-1, it was important to really keep going and stay focused, and I did that well so I'm happy with that."

Earlier, Wozniak battled through a tough three-set rubber to win 75 26 64 against Vesna Dolonc, Serbia's No. 1, in the opener. 

"I was really happy today with the match," said Wozniak, who fell behind 5-1 in the first set. "I played Dolonc at the U.S. Open so we had another tough match there, and I won, but I was looking forward to another battle against her today, and she doesn't give up. She's a very persistent player and really good, so I needed to stay focused and mentally tough every single point."

The crowd at Complexe Sportif Claude-Robillard was squarely behind both Wozniak and Bouchard as Canada hosted its first Fed Cup tie since 2010. Wozniak was bolstered by frequent chants of "Let's go, Aleks" throughout her back-and-forth battle with Dolonc.

"It's really amazing to play at home," Wozniak said. "They give you so much energy and they help you surpass yourself during those tougher times on the court."

Despite losing six straight games to drop the first set, Dolonc battled back to break Wozniak twice to open the second set on her way to drawing even and forcing a decisive third set.

"Of course it's mentally tough when you are in front 5-1 and then you lose a set, of course it's tough to come back, but I'm always fighting until the end," Dolonc said. "I just took it away and I kept on playing like it was no first set. I have experience already with this, everybody experiences it in their life, so the main thing I took is to just keep fighting."

Sunday, Dolonc will face 19th-ranked Bouchard in the opening rubber as she tries to keep Serbia's hopes alive. Asked if she could offer her teammate any advice in facing the rising Canadian star, Jaksic said that she would discuss that with Dolonc in private, not in a press conference.

"She's one of the best players at the moment, with the most self-confidence," Jaksic said. "I mean, she had a good run at the Australian Open, plus if we remember the last season, she made a huge jump so she's full of confidence, playing good, and it was my first Fed Cup. Your first match is always tough so I was a bit blocked in my legs. It was tough to play."

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Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) - 08/02/2014

Captain Sylvain Bruneau (CAN) - 08/02/2014

Vesna Dolonc (SRB) - 08/02/2014

Captain Dejan Vranes (SRB) - 08/02/2014

Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) - 08/02/2014

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