Andreescu leads Canada to World Group playoffs at Fed Cup


​Bianca Andreescu lifted Canada into the Fed Cup playoffs on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands.

The Mississauga, Ont., native needed just one hour nine minutes to beat her No. 129-ranked opponent and give Canada a 3-0 win over the Netherlands in the best-of-five tie.

Andreescu overcame two breaks in the opening set by breaking Rus three times. She converted on both break points in the second set for the victory.

Canada advanced to the Fed Cup playoffs for the first time since 2015.

The 18-year-old Andreescu was coming off a straight-sets win Saturday in the opening rubber against Richel Hogenkamp. Montreal’s Francoise Abanda then beat Rus in the second rubber to give Canada 2-0 lead heading into Sunday’s matches.

Dabrowski, Marino prevail in dead rubber doubles

Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski and Vancouver’s Rebecca Marino won a dead rubber doubles match later Sunday against Bibiane Schoofs and Demi Schuurs, 2-6, 7-5, 12-10.

Marino, the world No. 209 in singles, made a comeback last season after taking a five-year break from the sport.

Dabrowski, who has two Grand Slam titles in mixed doubles, is 10th in the doubles rankings.

Andreescu has risen up the standings at a remarkable pace early into this season, winning 16-of-18 in Tour-level matches, including the final at the Oracle Challenger in California two weeks ago for her first career title. She was No. 152 in late December and started this week at No. 70.

Andreescu was competing in her eighth Fed Cup tie and improved to a 10-3 record in the competition with Sunday’s win. She also helped secure Canada’s victory over Ukraine last April by winning the decisive doubles rubber with Dabrowski.


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