The Canadians won the first Billie Jean King Cup (ex-Fed Cup) in their history, Sunday in Seville (Spain) against Italy, winning both singles. Finalist in the event for the very first time, the North American team did not even need to compete in the doubles to win. A year later, the Canadian women therefore imitated the country's men's team, which had won the first Davis Cup in its history in 2022 by beating Australia in the final. Italy, for its part, is now ten years into the drought without winning the women's competition, which it has won four times in its history.
Leylah Fernandez, 21 years old and 35th in the world, offered the trophy to Canada after her victory in straight sets against the 30th in the WTA ranking, the 27-year-old Italian Jasmine Paolini (6-2, 6-3). The Canadian won easily, against a player who is successful for her since she beat Jasmine Paolini in each of their three clashes. She has won all eight of her Billie Jean King Cup matches this year.
“Leylah played her role as leader and that made the difference,” said Canada’s French coach, Nathalie Tauziat. She prepares like a boxer, ready to enter the ring, receive blows and deliver them. The first match of the day was won in straight sets by the Canadian Marina Stakusic, 258th in the world, against Martina Trevisan, 43rd in the world (7-5, 6-3). A prestigious victory for the 18-year-old, her first against a top 50 player.
“We took a risk by selecting a young player, it paid off,” said Nathalie Tauziat. During this meeting, the Italian Martina Trevisan was handicapped by her weakness in her service games (13 break points conceded and 24% of points won behind her second ball).
Canada achieved a historic performance, after winning the first semi-final it had played in 35 years against the Czech Republic, eleven times victorious in the competition, on Saturday (2-1). Italy, for its part, easily won 2-0 in the semi-final against Slovenia. The Canadians succeed the Swiss, champions during the 2022 edition of the Billie Jean King Cup.