Canada won both singles rubbers in Sunday’s final against Italy to clinch the Billie Jean King Cup title for the first time.
In the opening singles, teenager Marina Stakusic recorded her career-best win against world No.43 Martina Trevisan, 7-5 6-3, to give Canada a 1-0 lead in Seville. Afterwards, Leylah Fernandez fired Canada into an unassailable lead with a commanding 6-2 6-3 victory over Jasmine Paolini.
Under the leadership of captain Heidi El Tabakh, Canada has become the 13th nation to claim the Billie Jean King Cup, marking the second new champion in as many years since Switzerland’s victory in Glasgow 12 months ago.
Fernandez, Stakusic, Rebecca Marino, Eugenie Bouchard, and Gabriela Dabrowski have made history with their remarkable achievement. Their names will echo worldwide and be forever woven into the tapestry of Canadian tennis.
The Canadian women will receive a record $2.4 million in prize money, matching the amount offered in the Davis Cup.