MATCH REPORT | 2023 Billie Jean King Cup Finals as Leylah FERNANDEZ seals opening win for Canada after tiebreak thriller over SORRIBES TORMO

With Bianca Andreescu absent this week, Leylah Fernandez takes center stage at the Billie Jean King Cup Finals and secures the second point in a grueling three-hour battle against Sara Sorribes Tormo.

Canada triumphs over Spain 2-0 in Group C opener, with only the doubles match remaining to potentially achieve a shutout on day one. Italy also secures victory without the need for a doubles decider against France.

Fernandez leads from the front, showcasing determination and skill to clinch a 7-6, 7-6 victory in two tiebreaks after an intense three-hour match.

The first set was the highlight, lasting an hour and 28 minutes. Fernandez’s winner at 7-7 in the tie-break was initially overruled by Hawkeye, but she goes on to claim the next three points.

The second tie-break was equally intense, with Fernandez delivering a brilliant looping return that forces Sorribes Tormo to slice it into the net, leading to Fernandez falling to her knees in celebration.

Fernandez’s record now stands at 12-2 in the competition, solidifying her position as Canada’s leading player in the Billie Jean King Cup. This impressive performance follows a successful match where a teenager secured the opening point.

Teenage Brilliance Sets up Fernandez’s Victory

Earlier, Canada took a 1-0 lead as Marina Stukusic secures a memorable debut victory against Rebeka Masarova, defeating the World No.63 with a score of 6-3, 6-1. This remarkable win propels Stukusic into the spotlight, showcasing poise and confidence in securing the biggest win of her career.

Canada’s win against Spain is the first in over 50 years, creating momentum as they head into the second tie against Poland in Group C, positioning themselves for the knockout round.


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