Canada eliminated at BJK Cup finals with loss to Russia
Russia’s dominance was completed in the doubles where Veronika Kudermetova and Liudmila Samsonova defeated Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski and Marino 6-3, 6-1.
Russia completes Group A against France on Wednesday.
Canada competed in Prague without its two top-ranked players, world No. 24 Bianca Andreescu and No. 26 Leylah Fernandez.
The 12 teams in the finals are divided into four groups of three teams. Only the group winners advance to the semifinals on Friday.
In Group B, 2019 runner-up Australia opened its account beating Belgium 2-0.
After Daria Gavrilova’s three-set win over Greet Minnen, the 131st-ranked Storm Sanders on debut came from a set down to stun 18th-ranked Elise Mertens 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-0. Sanders converted her second match point with the last of her 35 winners.
“That was a most incredible feeling, I’m still shaking,” Sanders said.
Australia next plays Belarus on Thursday. Belgium beat Belarus 2-1 on Monday.
Later Tuesday, the United States got started against Slovakia, while Germany played Switzerland.
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Karel Janicek, The Associated Press