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Wozniak shines as Canada defeats Peru in Fed Cup opener

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The Canadian Press
2/1/2012 5:59:09 PM
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CURITIBA, Brazil -- Aleksandra Wozniak made sure Canada's Fed Cup campaign got off on the right foot Wednesday.

The Blainville, Que., native won her singles match before teaming up with Marie-Eve Pelletier of Repentigny, Que., in doubles as Canada defeated Peru 2-1.

Wozniak opened the tie with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Patricia Ku to give Canada the early lead.

Stephanie Dubois of Laval, Que., erased a set and break deficit in the second match against Bianca Botto before losing 6-2, 6-7 (1), 7-5 as Peru levelled the tie at 1-1.

But Wozniak and Pelletier dominated the decisive doubles match 6-1, 6-0 over Ku and Katherine Miranda to give Canada the 2-1 win on the clay courts at the Graciosa Country Club.

"It's tough to make a quick adjustment from playing hard court in Australia to the clay but we had a few good days of preparation before the tournament started," Wozniak said on a conference call.

Canadian Fed Cup team captain Sylvain Bruneau said he was pleased with how Wozniak came through for her teammates.

"She played very good. She hit the ball crisply and clean and very powerful. She's usually very good at mixing it up and very good on clay," Bruneau said. "I think initially she was all power like she was playing on a hard court, but as the match progressed she used a little bit more spin so she was able to mix it up."

Wozniak's two wins bring her career Fed Cup victory total to 37, further adding to her Canadian record. Pelletier posted her 23rd career Fed Cup win and 15th in doubles.

Canada will face Argentina on Thursday and the Bahamas on Friday in the final two ties of round robin play. Canada holds a record of three wins and three losses against Argentina in the Fed Cup. The last time the two countries played was in 2010 in Montreal with Canada posting a 5-0 sweep to earn a spot in World Group II.

Despite the history, Bruneau said Canada is expecting more fight from Argentina than it got from Peru.

"It's going to be tougher for sure," Bruneau said. "But it's going to be a good match."

The nine participating nations in this year's Americas Zone Group I event are divided into two groups. The winners of each group will then face off for the chance to take part in a World Group II playoff tie in April while the two lowest ranking teams will be sent to Group II of the Americas Zone in 2013.

Aleksandra Wozniak (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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