Canada beat Italy in the final of the Billie Jean King Cup, winning the competition for the first time in history, also thanks to the fantastic performances of the young Leylah Fernandez. The young star won her four singles matches during the finals and lost just one set in total.
Leylah made statements in the press conference together with the team that represented the nation. "Right now I'm very tired, but extremely happy, even if ecstatic. It is the first time that Canada has won the Billie Jean King Cup, we can finally say that we are world champions and that we rightly deserve it.
We have worked very hard in recent years, each season we have continued to improve, showing our potential on the tennis court. It was also shown in individual competitions, so we had to show it on the biggest stage in the world," she said.
The big surprise of the finals held in Seville was 18-year-old Marina Stakusic who gave a great help to her country by winning 3 of the 4 matches of singles played (who only lost against the Czech Barbora Krejcikova who boasts the RG 2021 in her palmarès, ed.).
The young tennis player stated: "It's definitely not what I imagined when I came here but as the week went by and I was constantly training with the girls, I knew we were all gaining confidence and really believing in ourselves.
In the end, it all paid off. It was an incredible week and I'm super happy to have spent it with these women. As for my role, before arriving I didn't know what I was supposed to do, I came here to give everything I could, trying to play well with a positive attitude, to just have fun.
But yes, two days before I found out that I would be playing individual matches."
Canada wins the BJK Cup for the first time
This is the first success of the North American nation which on the occasion was represented by Leylah Fernandez, Marina Stakusic, Gabriela Dabrowski, Eugenie Bouchard and Rebecca Marino led by Heidi El Tabakh.