Andreescu, Fernandez drop matches to Swiss, eliminating Canada from Billie Jean King Cup

Canada was eliminated from the Billie Jean King Cup after dropping two singles matches to Switzerland in the women's international tennis competition on Friday.

Golubic tops Andreescu in 3 sets, Bencic defeats Fernandez in straight sets

Female tennis player reacts to play during match.
Bianca Andreescu losses her match in the group stage on Friday against Switzerland's Viktorija Golubic. (Ed Sykes/Reuters)

Canada was eliminated from the Billie Jean King Cup after dropping two singles matches to Switzerland in the women's international tennis competition on Friday.

Bianca Andreescu, of Mississauga, Ont., fell 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Viktorija Golubic in the opener, before Montreal's Leylah Fernandez dropped a 6-0, 7-5 straight-set decision to Belinda Bencic.

"Today was super up-and-down," Andreescu said after her match. "I fought as hard as I could.

"I felt like I could have played better in certain moments, maybe be more smart with my tactics... Obviously disappointing."

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The Mississauga, Ont. native fell to Switzerland's Viktorija Golubic 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the opening match of Canada's best-of-three group stage series.

Canada prevented a sweep when Fernandez and Ottawa's Gabriela Dabrowski teamed up to defeat Jil Teichmann and Simona Waltert 6-2, 6-1 in doubles play.

Canada had high hopes entering Friday's play after rolling to a 3-0 victory over Italy on Thursday. Switzerland won all three of its matches against the Italians on Wednesday.

Swiss captain Heinz Guenthardt decided to rest his second-highest ranked player in Teichmann in singles competition after the world No. 35 spent four and a half hours on the court in Switzerland's win over Italy.

The gamble paid off. Golubic, ranked 77th, managed to win four of five breakpoint opportunities against Andreescu, who appeared to be hampered by a leg injury late in the match. Andreescu committed 38 unforced errors, compared to Golubic's 20.

"She [Golubic] just played really good," Andreescu said. "I mean forehand, backhand, she was very solid. She wasn't really missing much.

"Her serve isn't the fastest but it's effective some way, and her movement's incredible.

"I felt in the third set she was just starting the match. Like, she wasn't sweating at all."

Fernandez loses in straight sets

Fernandez, who entered her match against Bencic without dropping a game in her singles match against Italy's Martina Trevisan on Thursday, found herself on the other end of a bagel when she failed to score against Bencic in the first set.

Bencic, the world's 12th ranked player, won 71 per cent of her first serves and was successful on six of 10 breakpoint opportunities against the 40th ranked Fernandez.

WATCH | Fernandez loses to Bencic:

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Canada was ousted from the tournament in the group stage after Leylah Fernandez lost her singles match to Switzerland's Belinda Bencic 6-0, 7-5.

Fernandez fought back in the second set, and kept the match alive with a break in the 10th game to even the set at 5-5. But Bencic responded with a break and made good in her second chance to serve for the match.

"I'm satisfied with both sets," Bencic said. "Obviously the first set I'm satisfied with my level of play and in the second set I'm satisfied with how I managed to stay tough when it mattered."

Fernandez, who fell to 2-2 lifetime against Bencic, called the match a "learning experience."

"Yeah, it was definitely a tough first set. Belinda came in and she played well," Fernandez said. "I unfortunately made a couple of mistakes on key moments that did not help."

Switzerland will face the Czech Republic in Saturday's semifinal.

Great Britain will play Australia in the other semifinal.

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